can any one tell me what accomodations do they have for the handicap at the PIR
Thanks for the info arhorsemom!!!
My son graduated 7/22, 02/936!!! Libertyville is about 30 minutes away. We stayed at the Navy Lodge for his graduation and also last weekend when we went back up there to see him get married. The Navy Lodge is in the middle of base housing area, very safe and 5 minutes away from PIR. No pool, restaurant or 5 star, but it is clean 65.00 per night with NO TAX. The rooms have a normal size microwave, refrigerator and stove top. If the Navy Lodge is booked I would recommend staying in Gurnee. Waukegan is not a very safe area, just north of the base. 2 malls to visit one in Gurnee, huge outlet mall (about 10-15 minutes away) with a Bass Pro Shops attached and a Westfield mall in Libertyville. Everything you will ever need is in the Gurnee area on Grand Ave, even Six Flags! Make sure your Sailor takes you to the Nex/Commissary on Green Bay Road, just north of Buckley Rd.(the road that PIR is on). The best airport is actually Milwaukee, WI, straight shot there and less traffic. Southwest Airlines has been the best!!!
Any questions I will be more than happy to help! Go to the Meet and Greet if you can at the Ramada on Green Bay Rd in Waukegan, Thursday night before PIR.
The PIR itself was amazing! Get there early and ride the shuttle! It was only $6 round trip for us. They run every 5 minutes beginning at 6:15 until noon. After that, the price is regular cab fare. We forgot that the shuttles are waiting inside the gate afterwards, not at the shuttle stop so we weren't one of the first ones out but we still beat all the car drivers of which there were many. The shuttle takes you right up to the gate and drops you off. The cars were backed up for quite a ways because everyone in the automobile has to present id. Really glad we didn't drive.
Because my sailor is going to A school in Great Lakes, he had to move to his new barracks. He called to pick him up at around 1:30 p.m. Because we were so close, we could be to the Visitor's Center quickly but didn't realize he had to walk from where he was. It wasn't too long of a wait, though. We were able to take him to the NEX and walk around inside ourselves. We even got to take him to his new barracks that night on the base.
Although the Days Inn was very close and had a McDonald's and a great diner "Full Moon" (not Aisan like it sounds), the place needs to be rehabbed. I wrote this on the survey I received from them when I returned home. Although it is a smoke-free facility, it is obvious that it once was not.....the carpet is clean but old and stained so that is most likely where odors are coming from. Our room was clean but the blanket on my bed had numerous cigarette holes in it and the blanket on the other bed was torn. The free breakfast was okay but the waffle iron needed to be cleaned or laid to rest as it was very old. The staff was frienldy and helpful. The "Business Center" means asking them to print your boarding pass for you at $1 per page. You can rent a refrigerator for $10 and a microwave for $10. There were no irons and ironing boards in the rooms. No snack machines were available but you could pay $5 for a "Grab and Go" snack bag at the check-in counter.
Because we stayed at the Days Inn which was 1.3 miles away, we spent more time with him. I saw the Navy Lodge was even closer. Would I stay at the Days Inn again??? Probably not.
Because we got there so early, we didn't need binoculars. If arriving late, they were needed by those who had to sit up above. It was worth being early to get the seat by his division and he was right in our line of sight. There were numerous people to guide us.
what time do you need to get there to get good seats?
Was the Waukegan area nice? One post says not to stay there, that it isn't safe. What was your experience?