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:
WELCOME CENTER ADDRESS/GPS:
2650 Green Bay Road Great Lakes, IL 60088
(Do NOT use generic terms such as Recruit Training Command or Naval Station Great Lakes)
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). Turn left on Green bay (IL 131 NORTH). The Recruit Family Welcome Center is located inside the NEX shopping complex.
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). Turn left on Green bay (IL 131 NORTH). The Recruit Family Welcome Center is located inside the NEX shopping complex.