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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

All Hands Magazine's mini-documentary series "Making a Sailor": These six videos follow four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

Making a Sailor: Episode 2 - "What did I get myself into?"

Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

...and visit - America's Navy and to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

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Where to Go in Chicago!


Where to Go in Chicago!

For anyone coming to to visit your Sailor in Great Lakes, one of the biggest questions everyone has is: Where do you recommend we go for (fill in the blank)?

I was born in raised in Chicago and the suburbs and for those of you who don't know, I work at the base (10 years as of May) but please know I am not here in a professional work capacity, I am here as a volunteer helping to make sure everyone has the correct information. I have been on this site under various names for 10 years since May 2008. (Various names because a few times someone has ticked me off on here and said, "Screw this site! Only to return a few days later. Oh, hush. I haven't quit in quite a few years now.)

Thus, I have a lot of knowledge of Chicagoland (which describes Chicago and all its suburbs) as do other fine ladies on this site who also live in the area.

Some ladies might live in the suburbs and frequent the city more than I do, even though I actually live in the city, and can offer suggestions that I'm not even aware of. Some may have vast knowledge of the communities surround the base; I have some but this idea here is to have a spot where locals can contribute.

I wish for this to be a group where you can come to get suggestions from locals on restaurants, events, commuting tips, shopping, and especially all ethnicity offerings for area restaurants.

This is a work in progress and I will continue building on it every day and welcome all to contribute if they also have been here and recommend something in a particular category.

Location: Chicago!
Members: 44
Latest Activity: May 6

Discussion Forum

After PIR Itinerary

Started by BoogiesMom. Last reply by BoogiesMom Jul 26, 2018. 6 Replies

My Son's PIR is 8/10/18, and because he won't be leaving for A School right away, we get all weekend with him.  Friday after PIR will likely be Pizza and naps in the Hotel Room, but for Saturday and…Continue

Tourist Attractions

Started by Hikergirl. Last reply by SunflowerLynn Jul 23, 2018. 1 Reply

Hi, we are looking for cool things the kids would want to do ththats not going to cost us 50-100 a person. Any advice? Continue

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Comment by DesiD on March 26, 2019 at 1:08pm

Thanks, B'sNukeMom!

Comment by B'sNukeMoM⚓️MMN on March 26, 2019 at 12:56pm

DesiD - we did that back in 2012.  Train and bus and it worked out great.  We did a LOT of walking (in December).  It was cold but so worth it.  We did Millenium Park, Navy Pier and took pictures of the Bean....everything was decorated for Christmas and it was beautiful.  I say get the pass and go for it!

Comment by DesiD on March 26, 2019 at 11:05am

We are thinking/planning to ride the train (Blue Line) from O'Hare to downtown to see Navy Pier and Millenium Park, since my daughter has to see The Bean.  Do you think it safe and worthwhile to get a $10 CTA fun pass for the train and buses?  Is it easy to get around downtown, and specifically between Millenium Park and Navy Pier?  Is Navy Pier worth seeing this time of year (end of March)? All advice welcome!

Comment by Cuchulain on January 21, 2019 at 8:43pm

Looking for a good Italian restaurant nearby for my son's PIR 02.01.19. Any suggestions? 

Comment by AnnieKay on December 20, 2018 at 4:18pm

Can you suggest a good motel in a safe area? I heard North Chicago around the base is a bad area. What about Waukegan or Gurnee ? Thanks! 

Comment by Phoenixmom on December 5, 2018 at 2:06pm

We ate here and a few other places but loved this one.

Restaurant Menu | 847-360-7460 | Captain Porky's | Wadsworth, IL ...


Address: 7105 Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031

best pizza pie.

Comment by NAVYMOMK on December 5, 2018 at 1:47pm


Comment by daisysdca on November 5, 2018 at 5:15pm

Hooyahsuzy  where is the best coffee house in Chicago? Mine is requesting coffee with almond milk and wants to go straight to a coffee shop :-) And please don't say starbucks :-) 

Comment by AZNavyMom00 on July 21, 2018 at 10:16pm

Hooyahsuzy - Many thanks for putting all this together, so many great tips. I grew up outside of Chicago but in 2000 moved to Arizona, so there’s a lot we don’t know about so much anymore.

Comment by Phoenixmom on July 21, 2018 at 10:07pm

I know when we went to my Sons PIR I thought it was beautiful the plants looked so fake they were real, so green. Had to get use to the driving and roads but it wasn't to bad. And I have to say we did take a tour in Chicago and we went downtown rode around the University, so many nice neighborhoods. We had to look for the building that had gargoyles, it was a daughter thing. Lol. I cannot imagine the cold nor would I be able to handle it. Us desert rats have thin blood. Lol. But great job on this. Kudos to you!


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