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Fast Facts

Celebrating over a 100 years of serve and training to the Navy and the Nation.

Location: Naval Station Great Lakes is a military town, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, approximately 1 hour north of Chicago, Illinois and 1 hour south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our mission is to train Sailors for the Fleet. Naval Station Great Lakes (NS) is home to the U.S. Navy's only Recruit Training Command. Installation homepage

BRAC Status: Decrease of nearly 2,000 military and civilian personnel.

Cost of Living: Higher than the U.S. National Average

Base Operator: 847-688-3500, or DSN 312-792-3500


  • 4,000 active duty staff personnel and families
  • 14,000 recruits and students
  • 3,000 government civilian employees
  • 2,000 contractors

Area Population:  32,897 in North Chicago; 9,524,673 in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metro Area

Child Care:  Child Youth Placement (CYP) is a service offered by the Naval Station Great Lakes, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department. The CP Coordinator assists parents who are looking for childcare within the Great Lakes area. Call Child & Youth Referral office, 847-688-3100 for both on base and off base referrals.

Schools: North Chicago Community Unit School District 187 serves 4,368 students ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school, with one-third of the district's students being military dependents from Naval Station Great Lakes. Call the School Liaison Representative at 847-688-5700 for more information.

The Housing areas are located in three different communities: Great Lakes is located in the North Chicago community, School District 187. Fort Sheridan is located in the Highwood/Highland Park communities, School District 112 and 113. Glenview is located in the Glenview community, School District 34 and 225.

Youth Services:  The two Great Lakes youth centers provide a variety of recreational activities for youth ages 5-18 and their family members. The Centers offer before and after school programs, day camp, intramural sports leagues, a variety of instructional classes, youth day trips, and themed special events. Call 847-688-5573/5581 for additional information.

Fleet and Family Support Center: FFSC 847-688-3603 ext. 100, DSN 312-792-3603 for additional information.

Housing: Great Lakes Housing availability is good both at the installation and in the local community. Call the Navy Family Housing Office at 847-688-3440 ext. 134, for availability.

Employment: Unemployment Rate 9.4%. Median Household Income $58,445. Contact our Transition Assistant Program and our Family Employment Readiness Program for all local opportunities at 847-688-3603 ext.127.

Base Services: 

Medical Services:  The Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center offers robust medical services to patients in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Their administrative hours of operation are Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Veteran Patients: Appointment Line: Call 800-393-0865.

TRICARE Patients: Call 800-941-4501 for a same day or future appointment with Adult and Family Medicine or Pediatrics. Non-enrolled patients may call the Appointment Line for same-day space available Primary Care appointments after 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.

TRICARE Online (TOL) Appointment Booking:  Book your appointment using TRICARE Online. If you receive a message that no primary care appointments are available, call the Appointment Line at 800-941-4501.  

Special Messages from this Installation: Privatized housing management, Forest City enforces the following breed restrictions: Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, and Perro de Presa Canarios.

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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