Hours: Monday through Friday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Located just inside the main gate at Farragut Avenue, on the second deck of historic Building 27, the USO of Illinois Great Lakes Center provides a “home away from home” for thousands of military personnel and their families since it opened here in 1985. The USO Great Lakes Center, which is open to all military personnel whether active duty, reserve or retired, operates 365 days a year. Guests are greeted like family by volunteers and staff as they enter our relaxed atmosphere.
The USO Great Lakes Center also provides many free programs and supports local events aimed at enhancing the lives of military personnel and their families. A few of these popular programs and events include: car seats and diapers for military families who find themselves in need; convenient and entertaining free holiday parties for dependent children; Thanksgiving Day traditional turkey dinner; and free “No-Dough Dinners” served the night before payday.
The USO Great Lakes is just one of four USO of Illinois centers. The USO centers at both O’Hare and Midway airports cater to the needs of our traveling military, and the USO Navy Pier accommodates our military personnel on liberty. The USO of Illinois also has programs that provide free or discounted tickets to local theatre, concerts, and Chicago and Milwaukee sporting events. Please visit the USO of Illinois website at www.uso.org/illinois for the latest information. The USO Great Lakes looks forward to welcoming you.