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

Festival Brochure

Map of the Field

Rock, White & Blue VIP Package

Celebrating Service - Veterans Past & Present

Military Night

2018 Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

Survey

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 - Park & Picnic Areas

Enjoy the great outdoors at the MWR Park and Picnic areas on base. Several shaded picnic sites are available for private parties, as well as command functions.  Tables, tents, chairs, grills and yard games available for rent via the Community Recreation Rental Center in Bldg 13. Please call for reservations and current pricing.  847-688-5417

Lakefront Picnic Areas

This picnic area spans the length of the waterfront on base and includes seven covered pavilions. This area is in close proximity to Nunn Beach, the Launch Ramp and the Ship Store/Rental Center (Bldg 13) which sells ice, propane, bait, tackle, snacks and beverages, fishing licenses, firewood and other misc. equipment and supplies. Restroom buildings are available less than a 5-minute walk in either direction at the BeachHouse or the Marina/Rental Center (bldg. 13).  A playground project is in progress, with an estimated completion timeframe of summer 2019.  Each pavilion includes a standalone post charcoal grill. Pavilions can accommodate groups of approximately 20- 60 in size. Picnic pavilions are available at no cost, but must be reserved in advance to guarantee the space. Contact the Community Recreation Rental Center/Marina to make a reservation. The Rental Center also has, for a fee, additional tables, chairs, grills, coolers, and outdoor game equipment for your group picnics.

Camp Barry Picnic Area and Playground

Located in the Camp Barry district of base near Bldg. 154, this location is a perfect place to relax and picnic with lots of green space. The park offers two covered pavilions with picnic tables, restrooms, plenty of nearby parking and a playground for children.  The larger pavilion can accommodate groups of 100-150 in size, and the smaller pavilion groups of approximately 25-30 in size. A large group primitive tent campground is also available in this area at a nightly rate, a permit and advanced reservations are required. Picnic pavilions are available at no cost, but must be reserved in advance to guarantee the space for your group. Contact the Community Recreation Rental Center/Marina to make a reservation.

Sea Bee Park

Located along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, south of the Marina boathouse, this wooded park area offers a great view of the water, an archery range, fishing and primitive tent camping.  Archery kits and targets are available for rent for all age groups, at the Community Recreation Rental Center/ Marina (Bldg 13).  The space offers both short and long ranges to match every skill level. All participants must check in at Bldg 13 before using the Archery Range.  The primitive tent camping area is located right on the waterfront and includes individual sites and a group site. Individual sites accommodate up to 2 tents and 8 people. The group site accommodates up to 10 tents and 45 people. Each site includes a picnic table and fire pit. An overnight camping permit is available for a fee. All campers must check in at Bldg 13. This area is located less than 1 mile from the Ship Store, which sells ice, propane, bait, tackle, snacks and beverages, fishing license, firewood and other misc equipment and supplies, as well as showers, laundromat and restrooms.   The Rental Center also rents tents, sleeping bags, cots, and a wide range of other camping equipment to accommodate you during your stay. Contact 847-688-5417 for more details.

Beach House

The beach house is the perfect location to host your next group picnic, command function, wedding, birthday party or retirement ceremony. This location offers a fantastic view of Nunn Beach and Lake Michigan. The Beach House is a large indoor space that includes picnic tables, fireplace, restrooms/showers, potable water, charcoal grill, cement patio and nearby parking. The beach house can accommodate groups of 200-250 in size. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance.  Rental rates include pricing for civilians, military and command picnics. Contact the Community Recreation Rental Center/Marina at 847-688-5417 for availability and current pricing.

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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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