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November 2023 • Stay Informed, Stay Involved, Stay Connected •


Community Recreation

Annual Holiday Card Challenge

Gather a command, unit, schoolhouse, barracks, work group, or official on-base/DoD affiliated organization and join MWR in a fan favorite holiday tradition - MWR’s annual Holiday Card Challenge! Each team will create a life size card to be displayed on Ross Field for the holiday season. Cards will be judged based on Best Holiday Theme, Most Military Pride, Most Artistic, and People’s Choice. Stay tuned for further information on how to register and receive your supplies on ( and (!

Community Recreation Office & Marina - B13

Stop in for ticket sales, gear rental, vehicle storage, recreational lodging, marina services, and Ship Store retail. Hours: Wed.-Sat.: 8:30am-4:30pm

Chicago Bears Tickets

Looking for something fun to kick off your Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve? We still have 24 total tickets available to watch your favorite NFL teams battle it out for the end of the season. 
Details: (

Chicago Hockey Tickets

Hockey season is in full swing and MWR has tickets to all your favorite teams! We have discounted tickets to every single regular season home game for the Chicago Blackhawks ( and FREE tickets to every regular season home game to the Chicago Wolves ( Stop by the Community Rec Office & Marina, B13 to register.

Mass Exodus Bus Ticket Sales 

Skip the expensive ride share and let MWR get you to the airport for the holidays! MWR will have tickets available for bus shuttles to Midway, O’Hare, and Mitchell Airports on Fri, Dec. 22. Stay tuned for ticket sales information on ( and (

American Forces Travel

Heading home for the holidays? Get great deals on travel: booking flights, rental car, hotel, and more through (

Rental Center

Winter is here! MWR offers discounted rentals on ice fishing equipment, sleds, ice skates, snow pants, and more for all your outdoor recreational needs. Stop by B13 today!

Vehicle Storage Lots

24/7 secured gated facility accessible to you conveniently in housing at a discounted price! Contact us at 847-688-5417 to confirm availability. To store with us, please visit the Community Rec Office & Marina, B13 with your vehicle registration and insurance. We will have a contract ready for you to fill out! 

Rec Lodging

Believe it or not, we’re open all winter long! Take in the icy views of Lake Michigan at our year round RV park located securely on base. Call us at 847-688-6763 to make a reservation!


Unfortunately, it’s time to take the boat out of the water and put it in storage for the season. Did you know MWR offers winterization services and storage options for the winter months? Call us at 847-688-5417 with any questions. (

Great Lakes Library, B617

100 Word Count Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Nov. 1-30 | Fiction Can Be Fun!

November is National Novel Writer's Month, so we are conducting a 100 Word Count Flash Fiction Writing Contest! Winners will be based on originality, grammar, and word count. Turn in your submissions to the Library (B617) no later than Thurs., Nov. 30 at 8pm. Winners will be announced on Wed., Dec. 8. Open to all MWR eligible customers.

Fall Themed Story Time & Craft

Wed., Nov. 15 | 11am | Library Children's Room | Free | All Ages Welcome

Sports & Fitness - B2A, B4 & B440

For questions on the following programs, please call: B2A: 847-688-5649, B4: 847-688-7769 or B440: 847-688-3419.

Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season

Nov. 1-Dec. 22 

Don’t let the holidays distract you from your health and fitness goals! Inspire others by sharing what you do to stay fit during the holiday season. Stop by any of MWR’s Fitness facilities to fill out a card with a workout, a recreational activity, a nutritional recipe or anything you do to reach your health and fitness goals. Cards will be posted on the wall throughout the holiday season.

Open Wrestling Events

Come practice your wrestling skills at any of the MWR Pop-Up wrestling events. These are friendly events for those looking to practice and have fun. Mats will be set up in B4. This is not WWE! Sportsmanship is expected from all participants. Questions: (

  • When: Wed., Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, and 13
  • Time: 4-7pm
  • Where: Gym 4, Courts Plus
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: No registration necessary
  • Eligibility: Open to all base personnel

Indoor Super Sprint Triathlon

Compete in our Indoor Super Sprint Triathlon. A twist on the original: 500 yard swim, 6 mile bike, and 2000 meter row. As the name implies, a sprint triathlon is the shortest category of races. This is a great way to test your training for the outdoor race season. All athletic levels are welcome. Set your own pace. Do the super sprint triathlon individually, or in a team of three. Details: (

  • When: Wed., Nov. 15
  • Time: 8am-5pm
  • Where: Fieldhouse, B440
  • Reservation Required: Call 847-668-3994

Flick n’ Float at the Indoor Pool

Sat., Nov. 18 | 1-3pm | FREE | Indoor Pool B440

Bring your family, friends, and a floatie to watch "Despicable Me 3" as you float in the pool! Questions call 847-688-3419 and ask for Jake.

Dodgeball Tournament

  • When: Mon., Nov. 27
  • Time: 5-7pm, matches start at 5:30pm
  • Facility: Fieldhouse, B440
  • Cost: Free
  • Eligibility: Open to all base personnel
  • Roster size: 6-10 players
  • Registration Deadline: Fri., Nov. 24. Registration dues to the Fieldhouse, B440 or email (
  • Rules & Regulations: Pick up a rule book at the Fieldhouse, B440

1000lb & 500lb Club

The 1000lb & 500lb Club is an exclusive weightlifting club for both male and female lifters.
Details: (

MWR-Led Command PT

Our MWR Fitness Instructors offer a variety of Group Fitness Sessions to assist your Command in meeting your mission and fitness goals. For questions and more information email: (

Fitness Class Schedule


Epicenter Entertainment Complex - B525

$2 Dollar Sundays

$2 Movie Tickets | $2 Putt Putt Golf | $2 Games of Bowling (shoes not included)

  • Every Sunday from 11am-6pm


Enjoy the latest blockbuster hits at great prices: 
Military $4.50 | Civilian $5.50 | Child (6-11) $3
Movie Schedule: (

Ongoing at the Epicenter

  • Thursday Night Karaoke | 6:30-9:30pm
  • Bowling | Thurs.: 4:30-9:30pm | Fri.: 4:30-11:30pm | Sat.: 3-11:30pm | Sun.: 11am-6pm ($2 bowling all day)
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf | $2.50/round | Sun.: 11am-6pm ($2 all day)
  • Legends Sports Club | Catch your NFL favorites every Sunday 
  • Spinz Limited Time Offer | The Pig Bowl

Liberty Program

The Liberty Program and Loft Recreation Center are only open to E1-E6 Active Duty personnel.

Liberty Has a Limited Number of Free Weekend Passes to Anime Pops Up on Fri., Nov 10-Sun., Nov. 12

Get your tickets at the Loft Recreation Center, Bldg. 2A, 3rd Deck
Hours: Mon. & Fri.: 1630-2130 or Sat. & Sun.: 1330-2130

A Military ID is required to claim tickets at the convention. Tickets are available for E1-E6 Active Duty personnel. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets have no cash value. Transportation to the event is not provided.

Details: (

*Proudly Sponsored by: Anime Pops Up - No Navy endorsement implied.

Port O' Call, B140

Great Lakes Brew Club, B140

Located in B140 just south of NGIS, the Brew Club is open to all hands, 21+ on Tues. and Wed. from 4:30-10pm. With the changing of the seasons brings a new seasonal beer selection! Join us!

Room Rentals, B140

The Port O’ Call is open and ready for your next event! With four different rooms to choose from, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for! Please email us at for more information.

Holiday Weekend Hours of Operation


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