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RTC Graduation Hotel Accommodations

If you have any additional questions after looking over this travel guide, contact the
MWR Commercial Sponsorship and Advertising Coordinator at 847-688-2020, ext. 316.


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Baymont Inn & Suites - Gurnee
5430 Grand Avenue | Gurnee, IL 60031
For Reservations: 847-782-0890


Super 8 - Gurnee
5220 Grand Avenue | Gurnee, IL 60031
For Reservations: 847-249-7777


LaQuinta Inn & Suites - Gurnee
5688 Northridge Dr | Gurnee, IL 60031
Navy Graduation Rates: 847-662-7600


Courtyard by Marriott - Waukegan
3800 Northpoint Blvd | Waukegan, IL 60085
Graduation Code G42: 847-689-8000

Sonesta Simply Suites - Waukegan
1151 S. Waukegan Rd. | Waukegan, IL 60085
For Reservations: 847-578-5250

Americas Best Value Inn - Waukegan
411 S. Green Bay Rd. | Waukegan, IL 60085
For Reservations: 847-244-6100

Wingate by Wyndham - Gurnee
6090 Gurnee Mills Cir. E | Gurnee, IL 60031 
For Reservations: 847- 855-8868

Sonesta ES Suites - Waukegan
1440 S. White Oak Dr. | Waukegan, IL 60085
For Reservations: 847-689-9240

Springhill Suites by Marriott - Waukegan
4101 Fountain Sq Pl. | Waukegan, IL 60085
Navy Graduation Rates: 847-688-9800


The Inn on Sheridan - Zion
2723 Sheridan Rd. | Zion, IL 60099
For Reservations: 847-872-4000



Comfort Inn - Gurnee Near Six Flags
6080 Gurnee Mills Cir E. | Gurnee, IL 60031
Navy Graduation Rates: 847-855-8866

Illinois Beach Hotel - Zion
100 Lakefront Drive | Zion, IL 60099
Navy Graduation Rates: 224-259-2600

Hampton Inn & Suites - Waukegan
438 Lakehurst Road | Waukegan, IL 60085
 For Reservations: 847-473-6600

Red Roof Plus - Northbrook/Deerfield
340 S. Waukegan Rd. | Deerfield, IL 60015
For Reservations: 847-205-1755



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Facilities and services available for you and your recruit at Naval Station Great Lakes

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RTC Graduation Information

The recruit graduation ceremony is a ticketed event. Tickets will be issued to those on the authorized access list. You must come to the Recruit Family Welcome Center (Navy Exchange, 2630 Green Bay Rd., Great Lakes, IL 60088) to pick up your tickets before attending graduation. The Recruit Family Welcome Center is open Thursday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Information will be provided with your tickets on entry to the base and Graduation ceremony.

Graduation News & Live Streaming

What to expect before and after graduation. (pdf)

Follow RTC social media accounts for updates and check for the most up-to-date information. For specific questions and inquiries, contact the RTC Public Affairs Office. Live streaming of our graduations begins at 9 a.m. CST every Friday. Videos will also be available for viewing afterwards as well on our Facebook page at: and our YouTube channel at

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Recruit Family Welcome Center

You must stop at the Recruit Family Welcome Center to pick up your tickets BEFORE attending graduation.

GPS Address: Navy Exchange (NEX) Burkey Mall 2650 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60088

Welcome Center Hours: Thursday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday - 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 
Holidays may adjust hours, please refer to website for specific updates.  

MWR Merchandise Kiosk

Once you arrive in the Drill Hall on graduation morning, you’ll find a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) booth on both ends of the Drill Hall. Commemorative coins, apparel and other souvenirs are available for purchase, along with refreshments. Take home a wonderful keepsake in memory of your graduation at the Navy’s only boot camp! Cash and credit are accepted for purchases. No personal checks. The merchandise kiosk is open Friday from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m.




Visit Us After Graduation

MWR Recreation Center 
RTC (After Graduation) Lounge 
Bldg. 1326, North End | 847-688-3645

After the graduation ceremony is over, all Sailors and family members are welcome to visit the MWR Recreation Center inside the north end of Bldg. 1326.
It is just two blocks walking distance from the Drill Hall and has snacks, beverages and is a comfortable place to gather.
Additionally, the MWR Recreation Center has a computer lab, FREE WI-FI, and the souvenir division apparel special orders.

What is MWR?
MWR stands for Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Navy MWR's mission is to deliver high-quality, customer-focused programs and services that contribute to resiliency, retention, readiness, and quality of life.

Navy MWR conducts activities and events, and delivers high-quality, innovative recreation programs in state-of-the-art facilities worldwide.

Navy MWR provides excellent customer service, convenient program availability, modern facilities and amenities, a safe program environment, and low or competitive pricing. The money you spend using MWR programs and services is reinvested into the overall program.

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Recruit Division Apparel

Support your recruit while they complete their mission at boot camp.

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Recruit Care Packages

Care packages offer a perfect gift of surprises to your recruit.

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Graduation Travel Arrangements Made Easy!

The recruit graduation ceremony, also known as Pass-In-Review, is a formal military ceremony which honors your recruit’s hard work and dedication to a new way of life, and ties together the future of the Navy with our long-held Naval traditions and customs. As you make your travel arrangements to your Sailor's Pass-In-Review, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at the Naval Station Great Lakes hopes that this travel website has made it easy! MWR encourages you to read through this website carefully and use the information provided to book accommodations and find helpful travel resources for a fulfilling travel experience. For best availability and current rates, please call the hotels directly, or go to their provided URL link, to make your reservation and reference this travel website or the promotional code listed. For RTC Graduation information, go to Safe Travels!

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