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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


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**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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So i got a rental car for the PIR trip. And i remember i drove pass 6-7 tolls. 

I call the Toll Road assistant already but having BiG trouble finding which toll i drove pass by. I can’t remember and completely loss in the pins map in the wedsite. 

Does anyone know how many tolls it it from Midway to Great Lake? And which one? So i can pay them. Thank you very much in advance 

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Driving Directions to Great Lakes Naval Station
Great Lakes 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 I-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 route to the Training Center 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. 
 From the North, take I-94 East (South) towards the Illinois border. To avoid the toll road, take the exit for U. S. 41 South.
Both I-94 and U. S. 41 eventually intersect with Buckley Road (Route 137); turn east onto Buckley Road. Follow Buckley road all the way East until you run into Sheridan Rd., you will run into Sheridan after passing under the rail road tracks at the top of the hill. Turn right on Sheridan road. The first gate on the right is the main entrance. Follow the signs on the right to the visitor center parking lot. If you are a guest speaker for the class and we arranged to pick you up, we will meet you in the parking lot by the bus stop.
Google Maps link to the Visitor Center location: 100 Farragut Ave, North Chicago, IL 60088 Link: 
The class is located in building 617 Life Long Learning Center, room 108. 
Visit the Great Lakes Naval Station web site at:  
Fleet and Family Support Center Great Lakes website: Families/index.htm 

I hope this helps some this is what I found on Google.

I know when we had our graduation I went through several myself. They took pictures of my license plate and sent me a bill for what I owed.


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