Naval Station Great Lakes Recreation Programs

MWR provides many recreational opportunities to meet the recreation and entertainment needs of our military and their family members. Whether you are a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or have just arrived from basic training, MWR can help you find recreational activities to make your life on base more rewarding.

NAVSTA Great Lakes - 4th of July Celebration

Naval Station's 4th of July Celebration 2018

The MWR Department would like to extend an invitation to all families, friends and the general public to the Naval Station Great Lakes to be a part of the 2018 4th of July Celebration on historic Ross Field from 3 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd and Wednesday, 3 to 10p.m. on July 4th.  All are invited to come out and celebrate our Nation's independence in a spectacular way with two full days of "fire-cracking" festival fun at one of the biggest  and best fourth of July celebrations in the area.

On both days, there is a main stage with national, regional and local bands performing with "Theory of a Deadman" headlining on July 3rd - Rock, White & Blue!  In addition, there is thrilling carnival rides and games; as well as an abundance of delicious festival food and refreshing beverages (from local area vendors). Children of all ages will have plenty to do in the award-winning Kids Zone, featuring tons of "hands on" activities, an indoor rock wall, as well as a full line-up of live entertainment acts along with performers and costumed characters that will be on site working the crowds!. Festival-goers will also enjoy bingo for prizes, a paintball arena, an abundance of military static displays and history throughout the festival grounds.

Both nights conclude with spectacular fireworks that will be choreographed to music. On July 3rd, the "Rock, White and Blue" fireworks display will begin at 10:45 p.m., and on July 4th, visitors are promised a "must see"  fireworks extravaganza that will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Schedule for July 3rd

Schedule for July 4th

Rock, White & Blue VIP Package

Military Night

Frequently Asked Questions

Festival’s Facebook Page (for quick updates)

YouTube highlight video from 2017

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Archery

GL • Bldg. 13 • Ph: 847-688-5417

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Bowling

The 28-lane, state-of-the-art bowling center was designed for comfort and enjoyment for everyone. Bowlers may customize their lane for a personalized experience by selecting from a variety of scoring environments and game options to make it truly unique. The seating arrangement allows groups to socialize with friends in style. There are bumpers for the little ones and glow-in-the-dark bowling for everyone! Order food at the Spinz counter and enjoy delicious pizza, wings and more while you are bowling!

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Community Recreation

GL • Bldg. 13 • Ph: 847-688-5417

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - EPICENTER

GL • Bldg. 525 • Ph: 847-688-4641

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Library

GL • Bldg. 617 • Ph: 847-688-4617

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Live @ 525

Live@525 is the hottest spot in Great Lakes to catch live entertainment and special events! With space for 200 people, Live@525 regularly features bands, comedians, pay-per-view fights and more throughout the year. There are five, 55-inch TVs and a 14- by 7- foot projection screen TV. The room may also be reserved for meetings, trainings or get togethers by calling the Epicenter.

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Marina

GL • Bldg. 13 • Ph: 847-688-5421

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Rental Center

GL • Bldg. 13 • Ph: 847-688-5421

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Storage Lot

GL • Ph: 847-688-5417

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Tickets & Travel

GL • 540 Cluverius Avenue • Ph: 847-688-3537

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NAVSTA Great Lakes - Willow Glen Golf Club

GL • Bldg. 8400 • Ph: 847-688-5723

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