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Hotels in North Chicago near Naval Base Great Lakes

Naval Base Great Lakes Introduction

Overlooking the navy sweep of Lake Michigan, the Naval Station Great Lakes (NAVSTA Great Lakes) is the largest training station in the United States Navy, and the Navy's only boot camp. Founded in 1911, the naval base is 38 miles north of downtown Chicago, and 5 miles from the lakefront city of Waukegan, where you'll find the closest lakeside beach. The base covers nearly 2,000 acres of prime waterfront real estate, and many of its buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also home to the National Museum of the American Sailor.

Hotels near Naval Base Great Lakes

There are several hotels within a 3-mile radius of the Naval Station Great Lakes, most falling in the affordable bracket. The budget motels, inns and all-suite complexes offer basic rooms, plus free perks such as breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking. There are also a number of 3-star and mid-range hotels available within a 10-mile drive of the base. Some of these feature indoor pools, water parks and spas, as well as modern bars and restaurants. Summer is the most popular time to visit the Great Lakes and Chicago area; you'll find the lowest prices in winter, but you'll need to wrap up warm.

Where to stay near Naval Base Great Lakes

The Naval Station Great Lakes is in North Chicago, a quiet, urban area on the banks of Lake Michigan. The town has several shops and low-key restaurants dotted along 10th Street, the town's main street. The neighborhood also features Foss Park, a public 18-hole golf course with beautiful lake views. Waukegan, a larger lakeside community lies 5 miles north of the naval base, and is home to the Waukegan Harbor & Marina, and North Beach Park, a mile-long public beach. Downtown Waukegan has a bohemian vibe with art galleries and street murals, and attracts an artsy crowd.

Things to see near Naval Base Great Lakes

Score a hole in one at the Shoreacres Country Club or Willow Glen Golf Course, a pair of 18-hole golf courses within 3 miles of the base. The nearest public beach is in Waukegan, a mile-long stretch of butter-colored beach banked by sand dunes. Downtown Waukegan is renowned for its burgeoning arts scene, and features colorful street murals and local art galleries, plus a host of independent restaurants and cafes on Washington Street. Families will enjoy the thrills of the rollercoasters at the the Six Flags Great America theme park, a 10-mile drive from the base.

How to get to Naval Base Great Lakes

Easily accessible by car, the Naval Station Great Lakes is just off SR-137, 3.5 miles from Highway 41 and 7 miles from I-94. It's a mile's walk from North Chicago train station, where Metra trains to downtown Chicago take around an hour and 20 minutes. The area is well serviced by the Metra rail line which runs along the coast. If you're arriving by air, Chicago O'Hare International Airport is 30 miles south by car or 2 hours away by public transport. The nearest Greyhound bus stop is in Waukegan, 4.6 miles north of the base.