|Naval Station Great Lakes (NAVSTA) and the Recruit Training Command (RTC) are located approximately 35 miles north of Chicago, in the far north eastern corner of Illinois. The Wisconsin state line is approximately 16 miles north of NAVSTA/RTC. Sheridan (formally known as Fort Sheridan) is located approximately 18 miles north of Chicago and 8 miles south of NAVSTA. Glenview (formally known as Glenview Naval Air Station) is located approximately 19 miles north of Chicago and 25 miles south of NAVSTA.
25,000All vehicles that are driven on base at Great Lakes require a registration. Visitors must obtain a visitors pass at the Visitor's Center after being approved for access through the vetting process. If you are stationed at Great Lakes, or plan to drive on base regularly, your vehicle must be registered. You may obtain your registration at the Visitor’s Center (just outside the main gate) with the following:
Hours are from 6 am until 4 pm (weekdays) and 8-11 am (weekends) for vehicle registration. A visitors pass may be obtained 24 hours a day at the Main Gate, if outside the hours of the Visitor’s Center. For more information, you may call 847-688-5648. State of Illinois vehicle registration and driver’s license information may be obtained at any Illinois Drivers License Facility.ID cards for military, civillian and dependents may be obtained at
- Valid Driver’s License
- Current Registration
- Proof of Insurance
- Valid Government Issued I.D. Card
PSD Great Lakes
521 Cluverius Ave
Great Lakes, IL 60088
(847) 688-5550Naval Station Great Lakes, is located overlooking Lake Michigan on Sheridan Road, approximately 35 miles north of Chicago and 20 miles south of Kenosha, WI.
By car, take the Kennedy-I-90 (West) to the Edens-I-94 (East), which turns into Skokie Highway-Rt. 41. Go North on Rt. 41. Turn right (East) on Buckley Rd.-Rt. 137. Buckley Road will loop around to Sheridan
Road. Take a right (North) on to Sheridan to the Main Gate.
By car, take I-94 South to Buckley Road-Rt. 137. Make a left (East) onto Buckley Road. Buckley Road will loop on to Sheridan Road. Take a right (North) on to Sheridan Road to the Main Gate.
Take Sheridan Road directly South. The Naval Station's Main Gate is located on Sheridan Road, approximately 20 miles south of Kenosha, between North Chicago and Lake Bluff, on the left side of Sheridan Road.
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