The Great Lakes Naval Base prepares sailors for duty. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images )
The Great Lakes Naval Base is located in the northeastern corner of Illinois, approximately 40 miles from Chicago. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, this base opened in 1911 as a training facility for the U.S. Navy. Today, the Great Lakes Naval Base is the largest naval training installation in the country. On-site facilities include Navy College, the Great Lakes Fitness Center and a commissary. Travelers to the North Chicago area wanting accommodations near the training center can choose from four lodging options within one mile of the Great Lakes Naval Base as of 2011.
Sleep Inn Lake Bluff Hotel
The Sleep Inn Lake Bluff Hotel (sleepinnlakebluff.com) is within a five-minute drive of the Great Lakes Naval Base. This hotel features free weekday newspapers, interior room access, voice mail and complimentary wireless Internet service. The Sleep Inn has special event facilities, elevators and a business center. Breakfast is free, and the Full Moon Restaurant is one block away. Gurnee Mills, a mall anchored by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory and The Sports Authority, is less than 10 miles from the hotel.
Days Inn Great Lakes - North Chicago
The Great Lakes Naval Base sits about a mile from the Days Inn (daysinn.com) Great Lakes - North Chicago. Rooms feature work areas, 25-inch televisions, electronic entries and Internet service. Parking is free for guests, and the Days Inn features a laundry room and a business center. The hotel prepares a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, and the property is within two miles of Big Ed's BBQ. The Willow Glen Golf Club, featuring an 18-hole course and Buckley's Restaurant and Pub, is a 20-minute walk away.
Red Carpet Inn
The Red Carpet Inn (redcarpetinnrtc.com) is less than six minutes from the Great Lakes Naval Base. Accommodations include Wi-Fi service, sitting areas and satellite TV with premium channels. The hotel has an outdoor hot tub and pool, and the Red Carpet Inn provides a free shuttle to graduations on the base. The continental breakfast is on the house, and Flanagan's Restaurant is a few steps from the hotel. The Lambs Farm Farmyard, a petting zoo with a miniature golf course and a train ride, is within a 15-minutes drive of the property.
Great Lakes Motel
The Great Lakes Motel (greatlakesilhotels.com) is approximately one mile from the Great Lakes Naval Base, and a complimentary shuttle service to base graduations is available. Guest rooms offers basic amenities such as refrigerators and microwaves, in addition to wireless Internet access and exterior entrances. Some units have jetted tubs. Nearby restaurants include 5 Points Restaurant and Hunan Sixth Happiness, both located within two miles of the motel. Six Flags Great America, a theme park with more than 40 rides and the Hurricane Harbor water park, is seven miles away.