After PIR 1/21/11 my son moved over to his A school at Great Lakes. He was able to call me to pick him up after he was processed into his new quarters and I met him at the Visitors Center next to the main entrance to the base on Sheridan (St or Ave?) just after dark (1/21/11). Your sailor calls you on your cell and tells you when to meet them at the Visitors Center. Most people park and stay in their cars and watch for the sailors to come out the main gate heading to the Visitors Center. Then you jump out of your car and wave and yell to them
He was able to be with me in my motel Friday until Sunday. At that time I gave him his contact vosion lenses and his Iphone and Iphone cord. (I could have given him his lap top computer but he did not have one.) He could have stayed until 8 pm on Sunday but he wanted to go back at 6 pm.. So I droped him off at the Visitors center at 6 pm Sunday.
On this liberty we went to the Gurnee Mills mall...shopping, eating, saw 2 movies, laughed and had a wonderful time. There were other new sailors there with their parents too. Other moms on site say that the sailor just wanted to be with them and their families playing games or cards for the few days they were allowed.
Yes you could go where you wished for recreation, like Chicago, but the sailor must call into a base phone # they are given twice a day. My son/sailor had to call in to that specific number for roll call at 8 pm and again in the morning at 8 am each day of liberty. Failure to do so and they are AWOL and will forfit their continued liberty.
Have a great time with your sailor!!