• What is the closest airport to Great Lakes?
Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport (MKE) and O'Hare International Airport
(ORD) are the closest commercial airports. If you choose to fly into MKE we advise that you rent a car. It's an easy commute to the base by rental car, but if you take a shuttle to base it is very expensive. ORD is on the north west side of Chicago, so you will face traffic, but you can arrange a discounted shuttle through Go Airport Connection/Airport Express to the local base hotels for approximately $45 each way.
• Why can't I fly into great Lakes?
There is no airport at NAVSTA Great Lakes.
• How far is the airport to Great Lakes?
O'Hare takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic.
Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport (MKE) takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. Midway (MDW)takes approximately
1 and 1/2 hours depending on traffic.
• What if my son/daughter doesn't graduate on time?
You can change your airline ticket to the new date for a fee. Most airlines charge $150 change fee, plus the difference of the original price.
• What are the closest hotels/restaurants to base?
We have a brochure on the website that lists hotels who offer discounts close to the base, as well as our restaurants on base.
• How far is Waukegan/Gurnee to base?
A 15-20 minute drive.
• Can anyone call to make travel arrangements, or just military?
Anyone can call or use this website to inquire about flights, accommodations, rental cars, vacation packages, cruises, etc. Most Military discounts are limited to active duty military only, however we can accommodate anyone who calls with an inquiry.
• Can recruit stay with us?
That depends upon your recruit's standing and when they leave for their next duty station.
• Price of shuttles from airports?
Go Airport Connection/Airport Express (1-800-2-THE VAN) can provide you with discounted shuttle transportation from both O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW). The shuttle rates from Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport start at $90.
• Do hotels provide shuttle service?
Please see the brochure on this site in the grid section for details on which hotels provide a shuttle to the graduation.
• What's the weather like?
Winter 35 degrees and below, Spring 50-70 degrees, Summer 70-85 degrees, and Fall 60 degrees and below. We recommend dressing in layers, as in the Chicagoland area we say "if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes, it will change!"