Naval Station (NAVSTA) Great Lakes and Recruit Training Command (RTC) are located approximately 35 miles north of Chicago, in the far northeastern corner of Illinois. The Wisconsin state line is approximately 16 miles north of NAVSTA/RTC.
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Naval Station Great Lakes, is home to the U.S. Navy's only Recruit Training Command. NAVSTA Great Lakes is also home
to 19 of the Navy's technical service schools. Since its founding in 1911, the Naval Station has prepared men and women for duty in Naval service.
If you are utilizing a Global Positioning System, please input the following address:
Recruit Training Command
3355 Illinois Street
Great Lakes, Illinois 60088
From the south (Chicago):
Take the Kennedy expressway I-90/I-94 WEST, towards Wisconsin. At the I-90/I-94 split. Stay to the right and take the Edens Expressway I-94 NORTH towards Wisconsin. Take Exit 29 (left) for US 41 NORTH for approximately 12 miles. Turn right on Buckley Road (IL 137 EAST). The entrance to Recruit Training Command is 1.3 miles ahead on the right, past the Veterans Administration hospital.
From the north (Wisconsin):
Take I-94 SOUTH. Exit (left) for US 41 SOUTH just beyond the Wisconsin/Illinois border. Continue south on Route 41 for approximately 15 miles. Turn left on Buckley Road (IL 137 EAST). The entrance to Recruit Training Command is 1.3 miles ahead on the right, past the Veterans Administration hospital.
Guests who intend to bring their vehicle onto RTC for graduation must have a vehicle gate pass. The gate pass is obtained by downloading it from http://www.bootcamp.navy.mil/upcoming_grads.asp
The vehicle gate pass will be available beginning 11 days prior to your graduation date. A password is required to access the file, the password was provided in the form letter sent home during the first week of training by your recruit.
If you do not have a gate pass, security will not allow you to bring your vehicle onboard RTC. You may arrive to the RTC gate via taxi or hotel shuttle and walk onboard with your valid photo identification card. The RTC Visitor's Center, USS YORKTOWN, is a short walk from the gate.