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June 2023 • Stay Informed, Stay Involved, Stay Connected •


Pledge to Camp

Calling all nature lovers! Participate in the Great Navy Campout's Pledge to Camp giveaway. Each month this summer, we are giving away two $500 gift cards. Here's how to participate:

  • Plan your camping adventure
  • Pledge your camping trip at (

Explore and share your adventures each month from Memorial Day weekend through October for your chance to win a $500 gift card! Two winners will be randomly selected each month: one E1-E5 winner and one winner selected from E6 and above military personnel and other eligible MWR patrons. At the end of the event in October, two grand prize winners will be randomly selected for a $2,500 gift card! There will be one E1-E5 grand prize winner and one grand prize winner selected from E6 and above military personnel and other eligible MWR patrons.

Details: (

Need camping gear? We've got you covered, stop down to the Rental Center in Bldg. 13 and get everything you need!
Details: (

T-Mobile is a proud sponsor of the 2023 Great Navy Campout program. | No Navy endorsement implied.

Community Recreation Office & Marina - B13 is open from 8:30am-4:30pm daily for ticket sales, gear rental, vehicle storage, recreational lodging, marina services, and Ship Store retail.

Community Recreation Activities

Create Your Own June Bug

June 1-30 | Daily: 8:30am-4:30pm | Free

Stop by B13 any time during the month for your DIY arts & craft and catch your own June Bug!

Campfire Cooking

June 15 | 6-8pm | Free

Want to learn how to make delicious treats over an open fire? Join us at Pavilion 3 on the Lakefront to indulge in popcorn, hotdogs, and s'mores!

Fishing 101

June 18 | 10am-Noon | Free

Did you miss our Fishing 101 last month? Well, you asked, and we answered! Fishing poles will be provided. If you have your own, you are more than welcome to bring it!

Fishing with Dad

June 18 | 2-4pm | Free

Happy Father's Day! Come join us for a 'Fishing with Dad' Class from 2-4pm. Learn about all the different types of fish we have right here in Lake Michigan and how to catch 'em!

Ticket Office

American Forces Travel

Baseball and concert season are upon us! Looking to take advantage of all the great venues in the Chicagoland area? Don’t forget to check out for discounted local tickets. You can also find discounts on hotels, rental cars, cruise lines, and flights for any upcoming summer vacations.

Chicago Bears Tickets

The Chicago Bears have made some bold moves this offseason. Want to see them in action? Stay tuned to our social media pages ( ( for the sale release dates for the upcoming season! We have 30 tickets to every home game. Seats are located in the corner of the end zone, Section 126, Rows 13-16.

Six Flags Great America 

Rollercoasters, water rides, carousels, oh my! Get your adrenaline fix at Six Flags Great America this summer located just 15 minutes outside the base. We have discounted one day admission tickets! Pricing and other local ticket options can be found at (

Disney & Universal Hotel Packages

Let us book you the ultimate summer vacation at a resort at Disney or Universal this summer! We offers discounted hotel packages and resort room only options, along with military discounted tickets to the park! Call us at 847-688-5417 for further details.


Salmon are in the Harbor! Come down to the Marina to get all your fishing gear. New tackle is in along with live worms!  If you’re not into fishing, we also have other gear for rent and purchase. Items including Archery, Camping, Boating, Inflatables & yard games. Click for our current Rental Center Brochure: (

Storage Lots

MWR Storage Lots offer convenient and safe locations to store recreational vehicles, boats, trailers and more (up to 50ft). Contact the Marina today at 847-688-5417 to secure your spot! Details: (

RV Campgrounds

Need a place to stay with a great view of Lake Michigan? Look no further. Spaces include either 30 or 50 amp service. Call us today at (847) 688-6763.

Beach House & Pavilion Rentals

Looking to host a command picnic, party, or simply a BBQ with some friends this summer? MWR has several facilities available along the lakefront on base to rent for free or at a discounted rate to fit your needs! In addition, we have yard games, tables, chairs, inflatables, and more available for on or off base use throughout the year. For further information about our (7) free picnic pavilions, Beach House facility rental, and equipment rentals, please contact us at 847-688-5417.

Great Lakes Library, B617

Story Time and Craft | June 21

Join us at the Great Lakes Library at 10:30am every third Wednesday of the month for a themed story time and a craft! All ages are welcome.

Summer Reading Program

Find Your Voice | June 5-Sept. 29 | Free

Join the Great Lakes Library and the DoD MWR Libraries for our Free Summer Reading Program! Read every day this summer to earn incentives and prizes!  To register go to our website (

*Proudly sponsored by United Through ReadingNo Navy endorsement implied.

Summer Reading Program Kick-off:
LIVE Brent Allan Performance

Tues., June 6 | 11-11:45am | Free | Library Children's Room

Join us to kick off the summer reading program with a live performance by Brent Allan! The theme is "Finding Your Voice". The show will be a puppet talent show where the audience will vote on which puppet advances. All ages welcome!

Sports & Fitness - B2A, B4 & B440

Captain's Cup Obstacle 5K Challenge

  • Date: Tues., June 6
  • Race Start: 4:30pm from Gym 4
  • Cost: Free to all base personal
  • Captain's Cup Team Registration: Commands must submit a 5 person team roster to compete in the Captain's Cup run series, that is due by Mon Jun 5 in B4.
  • Individual Registrations: Not required, show up and run!
  • Proudly sponsored by: Kids Rank. No Navy endorsement implied.

For the 2023 run season, MWR will be tracking each runner’s participation. At the end of the run season, prizes will be given to runners who participate in 2, 4, and 6 races. (while supplies last - first come first serve). 

Flyer: (

1000lb & 500lb Club

The 1000lb & 500lb Club is an exclusive weightlifting club for both male and female lifters. To become a “member” of the club, participants must perform one repetition of a squat, bench press and deadlift with a combined weight of 1000lb or more for males and 500lbs or more for females. Competitors will then be recognized on our Club Board at Gym 4 in the Warrior Zone. 
Reservation Required. Call 847-688-3994 or email (
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. Schedule a session with your MWR Trainers today! For questions and more information email: (
Submit PT Request forms to:(

Epicenter Entertainment Complex - B525

Movie Theater

Join us on Sat., June 3, at 3:15pm for the FREE Advance Screening of The Flash! (The Flash will not be released to commercial theaters until June 16)
FREE Tickets to The Flash are available now at the Spinz Pick Up counter. Make it a double feature and stay for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 showing at 7:30pm (regular ticket prices apply).

Movies Playing in June

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 || Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret. || Evil Dead Rise || The Covenant

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

SPINZ Special | Uptown Nashville Chicken Pizza

  • 11” for $15.50 or 14” for $22.50

Crispy fried chicken, fresh green onions, and cheese with a spicy Buffalo sauce and a drizzle of honey to sweeten things up.  Try our new sweet and spicy Uptown Nashville Chicken Pizza today, available for a limited time only!

Billiards Now at Legends Sports Club

Come play Pool at Legends! Three billiards tables are now available for play, only $6 per hour.  Pay at the Bowling Center and pick up your cue.  Plus, you can still enjoy air hockey, foosball, ping pong and baggo while you relax and enjoy your favorite beverage.

Outdoor Patio Bar

Opening Soon! Stop by and enjoy your favorite food and beverage on our great outdoor patio!

Thursday Night Karaoke | 6-9:30pm

Friday Night Party Time DJ's | 7:30-11pm

Food and drink special each night!

  • June 2 | Throwback Jamz/Music Bingo-Prizes for winners!
  • June 9 | Top 40 Hits
  • June 16 | All Play Open Format
  • June 23 | Open Request
  • June 30 | Reggae/Latin Vibes

Bowling Specials

  • Wednesday Bowling Special || $2 games
  • Cosmic Bowling || Fridays || 4:30-11:30pm and Saturdays || 3-11:30pm
  • Sunday Bowling Special || $15 per lane || per hour

Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf || $2.50 per person

Port O' Call, B140

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.

Great Lakes Brew Club, B140

Located in B140 just south of NGIS, we are open to all hands, 21+ on Tues. and Wed. from 4:30-10pm. Business is booming at the Great Lakes Brew Club and our outdoor patio is open! Come on out and enjoy our selection of local and national craft beers and canned cocktails. Our summer collection continues to grow and will only be available for a limited time. Try the new Meat Lovers Pizza- it goes great with that brew! 

Veterans Memorial Golf Course, B8400

Buckley's Restaurant 

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, somewhere to watch the game or even hosting your next event, Buckley’s is the spot for you. We have a beautiful dining room overlooking the golf course that can seat up to 85 guests and a brand new menu to satisfy any appetite!

Liberty Program

Loft Recreation Center - B2A, 3rd Deck
The Liberty Program and Loft Recreation Center are only open to E1-E6 Active Duty personnel.

Sailor Adventure Quest: Drawing 101

June 5 | 1830-2030 | Loft | All experience levels welcome!

Sailor Adventure Quest: Library Maker Space

June 7 | 1100-1300 | Library, B617 | Come explore the Maker Space!

Brew Club Trivia Night

Wed., June 7 | 1700-1900 | Brew Club, B140

Trivia your thing? Come test your knowledge at the Brew Club!

Sailor Adventure Quest: Lego Event

June 12 | 1830-2030 | Loft | Build to your heart's content with our collection of Legos!

Sailor Adventure Quest: Paint Night

June 16 1830-2030 | Loft | Paint your true colors!

Pridefest Trip

Sat., June 17 | 1000-2000 | Chicago

Take public transportation on a trip to Chicago to enjoy the Pridefest street festival! Attendees pay their own way. Pre-trip meeting June 16. 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Galley Event

Wed., June 21 | 1630-1930 | Galley 535

Enjoy your meal and hit a homerun of fun with your Liberty team!
Proudly Sponsored By: USAA | No Navy endorsement implied.

Great Lakes Derby Day

Wed., June 28 | 4pm | Ziegemeier Street Hill

Don't miss Derby Day! See flyer for rules, regulations, and registration. Kits must be purchased from MWR recommended source. SIGN UP BY FRI., JUNE 16. Don't want to build a soap box car? Make sure to come watch and cheer everyone on! Flyer: ( date: Thurs., JUNE 29

*Proudly Sponsored by: USAA, Red Bull and Kids RankNo Navy endorsement implied.

Veterans Memorial Golf Course, B8400

Swing Into Summer at Veterans Memorial Golf Course!

Enjoy golfing at its best at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, an 18-hole championship golf course. The golf course is located on the corner of Great Lakes Dr. and Buckley Rd. (just Northeast of RT. 41/Buckley Rd.). Call 847-688-4593 for tee times TODAY!

  • New merchandise arriving daily - come on in and check out the selection
  • Annual golf memberships are available
  • Monday special: 18 Holes with Cart: Only $30

Juneteenth Holiday Weekend Hours of Operation

Check our website for holiday hours of operation (

Looking For a Full-time or Part-time Job?

We are hiring! Flexible and full-time positions are available now in all of our operations including the Marina Lakefront Programs, Golf, Food and Beverage Facilities, Sports and Fitness, Aquatics, Recreation and Event Programming, Library, and more! Jobs will post frequently, so please be sure to review our page often for the most up to date opportunities!
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