Although driving in the Chicago area can be intimidating, Naval Station Great Lakes is easily accessible from a major interstate highway, and also from U.S. 41. The Naval Station is located approximately 15 miles south of the Wisconsin state line, several miles east of Interstate 94 and U.S. 41.
From the south, follow either I-94 (West) or Interstate 294 (Tri-State tollway) toward Wisconsin. I-294, which is a toll road, is generally the less traveled of these two roads and would be the wiser choice during rush hour. I-94 and I-294 eventually converge about eight miles north of Chicago’s O’Hare airport. I-94 (West) passes near downtown Chicago and continues in a northerly direction following the shoreline of Lake Michigan. As it passes through Chicago, I-94 includes portions of several named expressways (Bishop Ford, Dan Ryan, Kennedy and Edens). At the north end of the Edens Expressway, one can either continue straight ahead onto U.S. 41 or exit onto a ramp and follow I-94 in a northwesterly direction. Either choice will work, but from that location, the shortest to the Naval Station is by continuing straight ahead, following the signs that say “U.S. 41 north to Waukegan.” If you choose to stay on I-94, you’ll find that you will soon merge together with I-294 near Deerfield Road. Both I-94 and U.S. 41 eventually intersect with Buckley Road (137). Turn east (right) onto Buckley Road and go a couple of miles to the Naval Station.
From the north, the Naval Station is easily reached from either I-94 or U.S. 41. Just turn left at Buckley Road (137) and go east a couple of miles to the Naval Station. Once on Buckley Road, to reach the Recruit Training Command, turn right at Illinois Street. To reach the Main Gate, go under the train overpass at the end of Buckley Road and follow the signs.