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September 2023 • Stay Informed, Stay Involved, Stay Connected •


Cardboard Boat Regatta

Wed., Sept. 13 at Seabee Park

  • Open to all hands!
  • Winners for each judging category will be announced at the conclusion of the races.
  • Entry forms will be distributed to all barracks by Fri., Aug. 25. MWR will collect completed entry forms from each participating barracks on Fri., Sept. 8. Five rolls of duct tape will be provided by the MWR Department upon entry.
  • All other participating teams must complete an entry form located at the Community Recreation and Marina Office B13 by Fri., Sept. 8 and will receive five rolls of duct tape after submitting their form.
  • Additional duct tape is allowed but must be acquired by the group.

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Proudly Sponsored by: USAA and Kids Rank
No Navy endorsement implied.

Liberty Program

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

Board Game Night

Fri., Sept. 1 | 1630

Come up to the Loft and check out our board game collection - bring a friend or make one when you get here!

Liberty Nerf War

Sun., Sept. 17 | 1500-1700

Gather up your team for a Nerf War in the Great Hall at the Loft. We have the blasters; you bring the friends! It's time to try and capture the flag! 

Loft Feature of the Month: Music Rooms

Ever want to jam out? Get the keys from the front desk and check out the Loft's three free music rooms. We feature guitars, drums, keyboards, and even have DJ and recording equipment, so you can share the experience with the world! 

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.

Captain's Cup Remembrance 5K Run / 2 Mile Walk

  • Date/Time: Mon., Sept. 11 at 4:30pm
  • From: Courts Plus, B4
  • Cost: Free
  • Eligibility: Open to all base personnel 
  • Team Registration: Commands must submit a five person roster to compete in the Captain's Cup run series. Registration is due in B4 by Mon., Sept. 11 at noon 
  • Individual registration: Not required, show up and run
  • 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 participated in 2, 4, and 6 races (while supplies last - first come first serve).

Proudly Sponsored by: Kids Rank
No Navy endorsement implied.

Captain's Cup Bowling League

  • Season Begins: Thurs., Oct. 5
  • Registration: Submit team roster to Gym 4 or Epicenter, B525 by Thurs., Sept 28
  • Cost: $9 per person/per week
  • Game Times: Thurs. evenings at 6pm at the Epicenter, B525
  • Eligibility: Open to all male and female base personnel
  • This league counts towards the overall points for the Captain's Cup events for 2023

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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:(

New Gym 440 Indoor Pool Hours

  • Tues., Wed., & Thurs.: 10:30 am-12:30 pm & 4-8pm (lap swim only)

Community Recreation Office & Marina - B13 

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

Ticket Office

Chicago Bears Tickets

Mon., Sept. 11 and Mon., Sept. 18 are the final release dates for the remaining Chicago Bears home game tickets. Watch the Bears play the Panthers, Lions, Cardinals or Falcons for a great price! Details: (

Six Flags Great America 

Enjoy a day at Six Flags Great America with discounted one day admission tickets through your local MWR ticket office! Call us at 847-688-5417 to book a ticket appointment. See our pricing list for further details and additional local ticket offers. Ticket Pricing: (

American Forces Travel

School has started and we’re already thinking about holiday breaks! Get your vacation planning started by visiting ( for discounted airfare, rental cars, hotels, cruise lines, and even local event tickets.


The salmon are here! Try your luck at catching one of these monsters at the MWR Marina. Bait, tackle and fishing rod rentals are available at the Community Rec Office and Marina - B13. Brochure: (

Gear Rental

Looking to take in the sites, but don’t have a mode of transportation? Rent a mountain bike from your MWR Community Rec Office and Marina - B13 along with all kinds of other recreational rentals. Brochure: (

Beach House

It’s the final month to rent out our beautiful Beach House for the summer season. Don’t miss your opportunity to take in the views of Lake Michigan with your command, family and/or friends before the season concludes! Pricing and additional details located in our Brochure: (

Vehicle Storage Lots

Summer is coming to a close. Store your recreational vehicles with us at our two storage lots conveniently located within base housing! 24/7 access to a secure gated lot. Details: (

Rec Lodging

Enjoy the final days of summer with a relaxing weekend getaway at our RV Campgrounds right on Lake Michigan. Reservations can be made via (, 877-NAVY-BED or calling our office at 847-688-6763.
Brochure: (

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 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.

Great Lakes Library, B617

Story Time & Craft

Wed., Sept. 20 | 10:30am | Free | Library Children's Room

Join us for story time and a craft to mark the end of the Summer and bring in the beginning of the Fall. All ages welcome!

Brent Allen Interactive Puppet Performance

Thurs., Sept. 28 | 11-11:45am | Free | Library Children's Room

This event will mark the end of our summer reading program (, so read up and don’t forget to claim your prizes! Treats and drinks will be provided. We will also draw a name from our summer reading program participants for the giveaway of the Amazon Fire Tablet! (must be a registered participant in the summer reading program to win). 

*Our Summer Reading Program is Proudly sponsored by United Through Reading | 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. Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s time for Oktoberfest! The Brew Club will have Sam Adams Octoberfest and Shiner Oktoberfest available for a limited time, so grab it while you can!

Room Rentals

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.

Veterans Memorial Golf Course, B8400

Buckley's Restaurant 

Come check out the brand new Buckley’s Menu featuring the Great Lakes famous Wisconsin Burger. New items also include the Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Chicken Caesar wrap and much more! Stop by and give us a try today! Hours: Mon.-Thurs.: 10am-5pm, Fri.-Sun.: 9am-5pm.

  • Book Your Private Party or Event with Buckley's (
  • Enjoy golfing 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!

Epicenter Entertainment Complex - B525

Movie Theater

Advance Screening: THE EXPEND4BLES

Sat., Sept. 16 | 6pm | FREE

See “The Expend4bles” before it’s released in theaters! Tickets for this advanced screening opportunity will be available for pick up from the Spinz counter on Thurs., Sept 14 and Fri., Sept. 15 from 4:30-9:30pm. Tickets may be available the day of at the door, but seating is limited, so advance pick up is encouraged.

Movies Showing in September

Gran Turismo | Haunted Mansion | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem | The Last Voyage of Demeter | Meg 2: The Trench

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

SPINZ Limited Time Offer

The Pig Mac

Mac-n-cheese, shredded cheddar, pulled pork, and sweet and sassy BBQ sauce. Try the Pig Mac today, available for a limited time only!

Legends Sports Club

Come play pool at Legends! Three billiard 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 Now Open

Enjoy your favorite food and beverage along with karaoke and music from our Party Time DJs on the patio when weather permits!

Thursday Night Karaoke | 6-9:30pm

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

  • September 1 | 50 Years of Hip Hop
  • September 8 | All Play Open Format
  • September 15 | Music Bingo - Prizes!
  • September 22 | Reggae/Latin Vibes
  • September 29 | R&B Sing Along

Bowling Specials

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

Labor Day Holiday Weekend 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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