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January 2023 • Winter Fun with MWR •


Winter Rental Gear - B13

The cold never stopped us at Great Lakes. Stop in at the Community Rec Office & Marina (B13) for all your outdoor winter gear needs. We have ice fishing equipment, skates, snowshoes, cross county skis and more that are available for daily rentals. Call the Community Rec Office & Marina for further information, 847-688-5417.
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Tickets & Travel Office - B13

FREE Chicago Wolves Hockey Tickets

Beat the winter blues and head to a Chicago Wolves game! We have FREE regular season tickets at the Community Rec Office & Marina (B13). Details: (

American Forces Travel

Did you know event tickets on ( have no ticketing fees? The price you see online, is the price you’ll pay! Discounted tickets for Chicago Bulls games, Blue Man Group shows, Second City Comedy Shows, Chicago Blackhawks games, PBR Bull Riding competitions, Disney on Ice shows & MORE await you.

Local Tickets 

We are pleased to announce our most recently added local vendor is Hornblower Cruises & Events. Explore the city of Chicago with discounted tickets for the Seadog lakefront & architectural tours options or brunch/lunch/dinner cruises on the Chicago River/Lake Michigan. For further information and other great discounted local attractions, check out our pricing guide: ( 

Great Lakes Library - B617

Stop in the Great Lakes Library and warm up while checking out our display of winter themed book, new young adult books, and children's board books!

Storytime and Craft

Join us at the Great Lakes Library at 10:30am on every third Wed. of the month for a themed story time and a craft! All ages are welcome. Mark your calendars, our winter story time dates are: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, and Mar. 15.
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Epicenter Entertainment Complex - B525

Movie Theater

Movies Showing in January: 

  • The Menu / Strange World / Devotion / I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Enjoy the latest blockbuster hits at great prices:
Military $4.50 | Civilian $5.50 | Child (6-11) $3
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Karaoke Night | Thursdays | 6-9:30pm

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

  • Jan. 6 | Welcome back to the 90’s
  • Jan. 13 | Reggae/Island Vibes
  • Jan. 20 | Latin Heat
  • Jan. 27 | Top 40 Request Mix

Spinz Philly Cheesecake Pizza

We took Philadelphia’s famous sandwich and turned it into a pizza! Try our new Philly Cheesesteak Pizza today, available for a limited time only!

Bowling Center

NEW Wednesday Bowling Special

  • Wednesday's | $2 games

Cosmic Bowling

  • Friday's | 4:30-11:30pm and Saturday's | 3-11:30pm

Sunday Bowling Special

  • $15 per lane | per hour

Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf

  • $2.50 per person

Legends Sports Club

Stop by Legends and enjoy air hockey, foosball, ping pong and baggo while you relax and enjoy your favorite beverage.

Sports & Fitness - B2A, B4 & B440

New Year, New You!

Are you ready for your fittest year yet? 2023 is the year for you to COMMIT TO BE FIT! Jumpstart the new year by prioritizing your health and wellness. Our MWR Fitness Professionals are here to support you in navigating through the culture of fitness. Stop by B2A Fitness Center for additional resources and information to help guide you in achieving your health and fitness goals.

Donuts & Deadlifts

Tues., Feb. 21 | 4pm | Gym 4 - Warrior Zone

Join the MWR Fitness Team as we celebrate Fat Tuesday with a Donuts & Deadlift Competition. It is open to all eligible male and female NSGL patrons. Participants will test their deadlift strength and enjoy donuts while doing it. Winners are determined by relative weight (heaviest lift/body weight).

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! Submit your PT request forms to (

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 complete one repetition of a squat, bench press and deadlift with a combined weight of 1000lb for males and 500lbs for females. Competitors will then be recognized on our Club Board at Gym 4 in the Warrior Zone. Reservation Required. Call 847-668-3994 or email (
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Group Fitness Schedule

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Intramural events

Captains Cup 5-on-5 Basketball Season

  • Details coming mid-January. Watch our website and social media for updates! 

Captain’s Cup Bowling League:

  • Season Begins: Thurs., Feb. 2.
  • Registration: Submit team roster to Gym 440 or Epicenter B525
  • Cost: $9 per person/per week
  • Game Times: Thurs. evenings at 6pm at the Epicenter, B525
  • Questions or for more information, call 847-688-7769.

This is a free league, open to all male and female base personnel (Active Duty Military and their spouses, Reservists, Retirees, DOD employees, and Contractors with a valid gym membership ID). This league counts towards the overall points for the Captain's Cup events for 2023.

2023 Wrestling Meet

  • Date: Sat., Feb. 11 at Gym 4 from 8:30am-1pm
  • Registration Deadline: Thurs., Jan. 26 at Gym 4
  • Meet Weigh-in: Sat., Feb. 11 at 8am
  • Wrestling Practices: See below. 
  • Questions or for more information, call 847-688-7769.

Wrestling singlets and wrestling shoes are allowed. If no wrestling shoes, all wrestlers will be barefooted. This is a free meet, open to all male and female base personnel (Active Duty Military and their spouses, Reservists, Retirees, DOD employees, and Contractors with a valid gym membership ID).

Wrestling Practices

  • Starts: Wed., Jan. 11 through Wed., Feb. 8
  • Time: 4-7pm
  • Location: Courts Plus - Gym 4
  • Cost: Free

Room Rentals
Buckley's & Port O' Call

Buckley’s, B8400

The holiday season is finally winding down and we know you’re tired of cooking, so why not let Buckley’s at Veterans Memorial Golf Course do the work for your next command function or office party! With seating for over 100 guests and access to a full service bar, this location could be just what you need. Located at 2821 Great Lakes Dr, Great Lakes, IL. Email ( or call 224-723-8349 for more information.

Port O’ Call, B140

Does your next gathering want prime lakeshore views without the North Shore price? Then Port O’ Call is the place for you! With beautiful views of Lake Michigan from our Main Dining Room and Lakeshore Room, our facility can accommodate up to 300 guests without breaking the bank!  With many different rooms to choose from, we can host your small command training or huge Super Bowl Party. Located in B140, email ( or call 224-723-8349 for details.

MWR Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr.


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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