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Military Discounts in Illinois

Jul 11, 2017   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

See the list below for military discounts in the Chicago area. Please remember that each store or location may have different policies and the USO of Illinois is not responsible for these third parties or their policies

Discount Hotels
Allegro Chicago
Federal government employee discount as well as other free amenities.
Contact Number: (800) 643-1500               Web Address:

Best Western
Offers low discount hotel rates based on U.S. government per diem for government employees, military personnel traveling on official business or leisure.
Contact Number: 1-800-780-7234             Web Address:

Chicago South Loop Hotel
Special military personnel rate
Contact Number: (312) 225-7000              Web Address: 

Choice Hotels
Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn hotels: Receive competitive government rates.
Contact Number: (877) 424-6423               Web Address:

Embassy Suites Chicago
Downtown & Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront: Enjoy 10% the best available rate for active & retired military and their families.
Contact Number: (312) 943-3800               Web Address:

Four Points By Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
Government and Active Military Rate – ID Required. Not valid for government contracted vendors.
Contact Number:  (312) 981-6600              Web Address:

Participating Hilton hotels offer a military discount including the Palmer House, Hilton Magnificent Mile, The Drake and Hilton Chicago.
Contact Number: 1-800-HILTONS              Web Address:

Receive special military rate for Military Personnel only.
Contact Number: 1-888-236-2427             Web Address:

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Government and Active Military Rate – ID Required. Not valid for government contracted vendors.
Contact Number: (312) 464-1000               Web Address: :

W Chicago
Government and Active Military Rate – ID Required. Not valid for government contracted vendors.
Contact Number: (877) 946-8357               Web Address:

Waldorf Astoria
Enjoy 10% the best available rate for active & retired military and their families.
Contact Number: (312) 646-1300               Web Address:

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
Government and Active Military Rate – ID Required. Not valid for government contracted vendors.
Contact Number: (888) 627-8385               Web Address:

The Wit Chicago
Enjoy 10% the best available rate for active & retired military and their families.
Contact Number: (312) 467-0200               Web Address:

Wyndham Hotels
Including Ramada, Travel Lodge, Super 8, Days Inn, Planet Hollywood and more: Military discount is available.
Contact Number: ( 877) 999-3223                Web Address:
Call the Hotel for specific rates based on day of the week and time of year. Be sure to mention the military discount when you call. Military ID is needed upon check in for most hotels.

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
Active military only, Must have valid military id. Must call hotel for specific rates and dates for discount.
Contact Number: (312) 565-5258                Web Address:

La Quinta Inn and Suites Chicago Downtown
12% off room rate, Discount does not apply if rooms are limited.
Contact Number: (312) 558-1020                Web Address:

Eaglewood Resort & Spa Itasca, IL
Rate is $98.05 plus tax and amenity fee of $15.95 per night is extra this includes parking, WIFI, access to our fitness center and 2 bottled waters. Must show military ID.
Contact Number: (630) 773-1400               Web Address:

Dining Discounts
Safehouse Chicago
25% discount for military personnel with display of valid ID.
Contact Number:(312) 313-1007             Web Address:

Butcher & The Burger
20% discount for military personnel with display of valid ID.
Contact Number:(773) 697-3735             Web Address:

10% discount for active duty, National Guard, military reservists, military retirees, and dependents with display of valid ID.
Web Address:             Contact Number: (312) 922-2233

Carriage House
15% discount for military personnel with display of valid ID.
Web Address:            Contact Number: (773) 384-9700

Jerry’s Sandwiches
10% discount for active duty, National Guard, military reservists, military retirees, and dependents with display of valid ID.
Web Address:            Contact Number: (773) 327-5266

Jam ‘n Honey
20% discount for active duty, National Guard, military reservists, and military retirees with display of valid ID.
Web Address:

Flat Top Grill
15% discount for active duty, National Guard, military reservists, and military retirees with display of valid ID.
Contact Number: (708) 934-4137               Web Address:

Howl at The Moon – Chicago
$5-10 Cover Fee waived with the display of Military ID.
Web Address: Contact Number: (312) 863-7427

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
10% discount for active duty, National Guard, military reservists, and military retirees with display of valid ID.
Contact Number: (312) 252-4867              Web Address:

Discount Attractions
360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)
$10 admission for military personnel with a valid military ID.
Contact Number:  (888) 875-8439              Web Address:

Adler Planetarium
Receive free general admission which can be applied to any admission pass. Please show proper id at the box office to take advantage of this offer.
Contact Number: (312) 922-7827               Web Address:

Art Institute of Chicago
Free admission to active duty U.S. military personnel as well as former PoWs and disabled U.S. veterans.
Contact Number: (877) 307-4242               Web Address:

Brookfield Zoo
To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering free admission to Brookfield Zoo to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. Qualified personnel who present a valid ID at one of the zoo’s admission booths will be admitted free of charge.
Contact Number: (708) 688-8000               Web Address:

Chicago Children’s Museum
Members of the United States military on active duty receive four free admissions.
Contact Number: (312) 527-1000               Web Address:

Chicago History Museum
Free admission for active duty military.
Contact Number: (312) 642-4600               Web Address:

Chicago Water Taxi
Active duty military ride for free; must be in uniform or have valid ID
Contact Number: (312) 337-1446               Web Address: 

Chicago White Sox
Active members of the military can receive one free ticket, based on availability, at the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office on the day of the game by presenting their I.D. This offer excludes Opening Day, Cubs series and premium games.
Contact Number: (312) 674-1000               Web Address:

Field Museum  
Receive free Basic Admission which can be applied to any admission package.  Please show proper identification to any Guest Relations Representative to take advantage of this benefit.
Contact Number: (312) 922-9410           Web Address:

Lincoln Park Zoo
Free and Open to All 365 days a year.
Contact Number:  (312) 742-2000              Web Address:

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
Free admission to military families from Memorial Day to Labor Day
Contact Number:  (847) 475-1030              Web Address:

Museum of Science and Industry
Receive free Museum Entry for themselves by showing a current I.D. when purchasing tickets.
Contact Number: (773) 684-1414               Web Address:

National Museum of Mexican Art
Free admission to all, every day.
Contact Number: (312) 738-1503               Web Address: 

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Admission is free for all visitors with an active military ID.  Admission for non-military is $5.
Contact Number: (312) 374-9333               Web Address:

Shedd Aquarium
Discount to active-duty military personnel and Chicago police officers and firefighters. With proper ID, you will receive discounted admission to the aquarium, Abbott Oceanarium and Wild Reef (equivalent to a Shedd Pass).
Contact Number: (312) 939-2438               Web Address:

Shoreline Sightseeing Cruises
Free Chicago Classic Lake Tour for Active Duty and discounted Architecture Tours for active duty.
Contact Number: (312) 222-9328               Web Address:

Tall Ship Windy of Chicago
Free tour for active military members.
Contact Number:  (312) 451-2700              Web Address:

Wendella Boat Tours
50% for active duty military who show their ID to the cashier. Retired members, military reservists, and National Guard receive $10  off after presenting a valid military ID.
Contact Number:  (312) 337-1446              Web Address:

Willis Tower Skydeck
Free for active duty military who show their ID to the cashier.
Contact Number:  (312) 875-9447              Web Address:

UP Comedy Club
1 Free ticket per active military id
Contact Number: (312) 662-4562             Web Address:

The Second City Theater
1 free ticket per active military id
Contact Number: (312) 337-3992            Web Address:

Shopping Discounts Around Michigan Ave.
Charlotte Russe
10% military discount. Show your I.D. at checkout.

Disney Store
10% military discount

10% military discount

Forever 21
10% military discount

10% Military discount for active duty, veterans and family members.

10% off in store with a valid military ID.

15% military discount

Tommy Hilfiger
10% military discount

Other Discounts

15% discount off your monthly Verizon Wireless service and 25% discount off select accessories.
Contact Number: 1-800-890-8007  Web Address:

Military Discounts in Downtown Highland Park

Military Discounts for

Universal Auto Care Inc
10% on all repairs (parts & labor). Free installation on all tires purchased at the facility. Free Brake and Suspension Inspection.
Contact Number: (847) 672-7857              Web Address:

Pure Barre Deerfield
Your first class free and take 10% off all full-priced packages with military ID
Contact Number: (847) 914-0755     Web Address:

SMARTBOX Moving and Storage
All active military members are eligible to receive $20 off our services by mentioning the Promo Code MILOFF20 to a customer service representative.
Contact Number: (877) 627-8269     Web Address:

Precision Door Service
Military personnel receive 10% off garage door repair.
Contact Number: (708) 675-7183    Web Address:

Group Fox
Each month, active military members will receive a 5% discount on their rent (monthly discount is subject to change based on availability)
Contact Number: (773) 267-3939     Web Address:

Kenosha Tattoo Company
Active Duty military receive 20% off
Contact Number: (262) 276-7067     Web Address:

Tummy Vision 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio
20% Off all Ultrasound Packages
Contact Number: (833) 338-8669  Web Address:

Volt Lighting
10% off for military members and veterans
Contact Number: (813) 978-3700  Web Address:

Chicago Bulls
You’re invited to experience great NBA action, non-stop entertainment and the energy of a sellout crowd! Enjoy the excitement of the Chicago Bulls as they battle the Hornets and Pistons.

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, all active, reservist, and retired members of the military as well as family and friends have the opportunity to purchase Chicago Bulls tickets at a half off.
Contact Number: (312) 455-4000 Web Address:

American Blue Theater
American Blues Theater salutes US military personnel, first-responders, their spouses, children, and US veterans.

American Blues has a long-standing commitment to military personnel, first-responders, and veterans in our community, and we welcome you to our theater. We offer a number of discounts throughout our season for military personnel and their immediate families.  Qualified individuals, including first-responders such as police, EMT, and firemen, will receive significant savings. Please mention the code “BLUESTAR” and must be able to present valid ID at Box office.
Contact Number: (773) 654-3103 Web Address:

CPW Truck Stuff
10% discount for active duty, National Guard, military reservists, and military retirees with display of valid ID.
Contact Number: (815) 469-1300 Web Address:

To show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, ultiFIT is offering 20% off any drop-in service, membership or team outing to all active, reservist, and retired members of the military. ultiFIT provides the most effective workout experience for ALL fitness levels plus attendees can train alongside the pro ninjas and tv stars from NETFLIX’s Ultimate Beastmaster and NBC’s American Ninja Warrior! Qualified personnel can email to redeem the discount.
Contact Number: Chicago (773) 877-3524; Naperville (630) 381-4040 Web Address:

Other Available Discounts:

New USO center opens on RI Arsenal Island

Feb 1, 2013   //   by admin   //   Events, News, Photo  //  No Comments 

By: Brian Wellner

Hailed as a “home away from home” for Quad-City area troops and their families, the USO center at the Rock Island Arsenal opened Thursday.

It’s the first USO center in Illinois outside Chicago, which has five, and the only one that serves Iowa’s active service personnel and their families.

“Now, there’s a chance for military families to come and utilize a space to get away and relax,” said Jackie Inman, the Arsenal center director.

She previously served as a family readiness group leader for Iowa Army National Guard units and saw the need for USO services in the Quad-Cities. Her son serves in the Iowa Army National Guard and she has longed for a center like this to serve Iowa and Illinois active service members outside the Chicago area.

USO centers provide programs and services for military personnel and their families from send-offs to homecomings. The new, 2,000-square-foot space on the Arsenal features a meeting space and lounge, reading library and resource center, computer lab with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and gaming console, snacks and refreshments and a children’s play area.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., helped kick off the opening of the USO center.

“As someone who comes from a family of those who have served in wartime and peacetime and someone who considers it a point of pride to have former military members on my staff, I will never lose sight of the importance of supporting those who serve,” she said.

The facility was done in a partnership with Army Community Services and Hooah! Quad-Cities, two more organizations that support local military personnel and their families with outreach programs and resources.

“Here we can take care of our troops and their families, and we’re always looking for volunteers,” Tere Pouch of ACS said.

Richard Straub volunteers at the center and said he enjoys meeting active service personnel and hearing their stories.

“This is the least I can do for the sacrifices they make,” Straub said.

He said his son serves in the military, and whenever he travels, he uses USO centers around the country.

Alison Ruble, president of USO of Illinois, a nonprofit agency providing support for U.S. troops and their families, said she’s “beyond ecstatic” about the new center.

“We really want to be a home away from home,” Ruble said.

Arsenal USO Rock Island Center

Jan 31, 2013   //   by admin   //   Events, News, Video  //  No Comments

CBS4 – WHBF Quad Cities, IL-IA News Weather Sports

By: Kylen Mills

The Rock Island Arsenal adds a “home away from home” to their facilities today.

The USO Rock Island Center is opening a 2000 square foot space for active duty and their families to relax.

The lounge type space offers snacks, cable TV, videogames, a computer lab with Wifi, books and board games.

Director Jackie Insman says there was no recreation space like this on the arsenal. All she had was a small USO office, but that just wasn’t enough to meet the needs of the 800 active service members at the arsenal.

“In my office I had snacks and refreshments and it doesn’t seem like a lot but I had 355 service members come and see me just in my office. So there is a need for a bigger space.”

The plan is to have the center open from 8 to 4:30PM daily to all active service members from the base and surrounding areas. There is an open house today from 12:00pm to 5:30pm.


Jan 30, 2013   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

By SamFels on January 28, 2013

The Committed Indian

10thMountainFire posted this as a comment in our morning links. But we thought it deserved its own post. If you’ve been wondering lately after the lockout why you bother, this should remind you pretty firmly. And we as well would like to thank him for his service, as well as making the three of us extremely proud of what we do here, no matter how silly it can seem at times.

Please excuse this post, especially the length… but I love you guys here and I want to share something that means a lot to me as a Hawks fan.

Last night I had one of the most incredible and surreal experiences of my life and I’m compelled to leave it here in order to reinforce the idea we have about what a special organization the Chicago Blackhawks are.
In 2009, while on deployment, my family placed me on a waiting list for the USO’s spot to honor veterans next to Jim Cornelison during The National Anthem. I was called last week, as my last week in the Army came to a close, and informed that I was chosen for the Detroit game. To say this is an honor is to truly understate what this experience is. It is indescribable; every Hawks fan in the building thanks you for your service. They offer you beers. They truly are interested in your experiences and grateful for the service of the serviceman/woman.

When I arrived, I was treated like a returning Roman warrior; I was parked next to the stadium and brought in through a special entrance. Everyone treated me with incredible respect… from the parking attendants to the in-stadium personnel and fans. I was ashamed that other men and women I served with were not going to have this experience and I felt guilty at times.

When I reported to the ice area to go out with Mr. Cornelison, I was informed that I would be accompanied by a WWII Marine Corps veteran in a wheel chair. When we got on the ice, they situated me next to Mr. Cornelison, to the left of the Marine. At this point the Marine decided he wanted to stand for The Anthem and present arms. So I assisted him out of his chair and held him as he saluted throughout Then Anthem. It was an honor I can never hope to duplicate.

I was seated in section 104 with a group of Detroit fans in front of us, having traveled to Chicago to see the Wings. They were loud, supportive of their team, and gregarious. During the second intermission, one of their relatives, in a Hawks sweater, came over to me and engaged me in a conversation that began by asking me where I had deployed to (multiple times to Afghanistan). As the conversation progressed, he let me know that he had come to the US from Iraq in 1978. He was holding a beer, having a great time, and cheering on the Hawks against his relatives from Detroit. I quickly became aware that this interaction specifically, and the night generally, would be among the great experiences that I will recall at the end of my life: a soldier being treated like gold, sitting with Iraqi-Americans, cheering hockey while drinking beer and roaring for the Anthem and the Hawks. I have never felt more appreciated as an American soldier.

The Chicago Blackhawks do this with little recognition; but soldiers all over the world last night were tuned in because I let them know what was about to happen. I told them I was there not for me but for the men and women we served with that didn’t come home and couldn’t be there, those who are out of the ranks now and recovering from wounds anonymously, and those that still walk the post ensuring our safety and security.

A final note: last April, SSG Dave Nowaczyk, a Hawks fan who I served with at 10th Mountain in Kunar and Nuristan in 2009, was killed on his third trip to Kunar in the village of Pashad in Sarkani District. Other than the initial television notification, not enough Americans are aware that he lived and served… but he was part of our family of Hawks fans and he wasn’t there to see Soldiers and Marines honored like that last night. Guys like that made it possible for me to experience that. And for that, I’m grateful.

The Chicago Blackhawks are the best organization in sports. Soldiers now all around the world, seeing the Anthem display last night, now know that. We’re global. Go Hawks.

Edit: I should note that this was my last official wearing of the uniform.

Chicago-area volunteers answer call for National Day of Service

Jan 24, 2013   //   by admin   //   Events, News  //  No Comments

Chicago-area volunteers answer call for National Day of Service.

By Ryan Haggerty, Chicago Tribune reporter

Chicago Tribune, 1-13-13

Lillie Council and Leah Gipson sat at a small table at Navy Pier’s USO office Saturday with stacks of blank postcards and stationery piled between them.

They put pen to paper and wrote notes, one by one, to American troops serving overseas, doing their part to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in the National Day of Service that precedes the federal holiday recognizing him Monday.

“Sometimes when you’re away from home, you just need that little bit of comfort from home, even if it’s from a stranger,” said Council, who said she served in the Army for six years in the 1980s.

“I think it just makes someone’s day to know they’re appreciated and they’re thought of,” she said.

Council and Gipson joined volunteers across the country Saturday — including President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama — who donated their time and effort to more than 2,000 public service projects as part of the National Day of Service.

The King holiday has long included a call for Americans to volunteer. But Obama gave the movement new life before his first inauguration four years ago, when he encouraged Americans to honor King’s legacy through service.

He and his wife renewed that call this year as they prepared for Obama’s public inauguration ceremony Monday.

More than 60 volunteer events were scheduled in the Chicago area Saturday, from the USO letter-writing campaign to a blood drive in Bolingbrook and a project in Grayslake to gather laundry detergent and bagged lunches for people staying at a Lake County homeless shelter.

At the USO event, donated candy, granola bars and trail mix filled a table. More than 100 people were expected to donate goods or write letters to troops by the end of the day, said Chris Miller, director of center operations and volunteer services for the USO of Illinois.

Gipson said she decided to write letters to troops after reflecting on the sacrifices her relatives made. Her father served in the Army in Vietnam, and her brother served in the Marine Corps in Iraq, she said.

“When I’m writing these letters, I picture my dad, I picture my brother, and I think about what they would have needed to hear while they were away from their families and away from home,” Gipson said.

In the South Loop neighborhood, about two dozen volunteers scrubbed doors, door frames and window sills at The Studios, a 170-unit affordable housing building at East 18th Street and South Wabash Avenue.

The volunteers cleaned every door in the building so quickly that they soon began spreading out in search of other areas that needed sprucing up.

“I love it,” said Maggie McGuire, a member of Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church who helped organize the project. “I’m doing it because I believe that decent, affordable housing is a basic right.”

Laura Shiplet, another church member, said that volunteering at The Studios made her feel like she’s keeping King’s legacy alive.

“I want to be part of his dream, especially this weekend,” Shiplet said, a bucket of soapy water at her feet. “It’s like a big celebration of Martin Luther King’s life.”

MG George R. Fay, USA (Ret) Receives USO of Illinois Ronald L. Friske Memorial Award

Dec 20, 2012   //   by admin   //   News, Photo  //  No Comments

Pictured from left to right, USO of Illinois Chairman (Outgoing) John J. May, Laura Birt, Dee Friske, George Fay, and USO of Illinois President & CEO Alison Ruble.

Major General George R. Fay, U.S. Army (Ret) received the Ronald L. Friske Memorial Award at the USO of Illinois Annual Board of Directors Meeting on December 12, 2012 in honor of his many years of dedicated service to the USO. The award is presented annually by the USO of Illinois to an individual who has provided outstanding service and support to those the USO serves: the men, women and families of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Friske Award is presented in honor and memory of Ronald L. Friske, a dedicated Director and Treasurer of the USO of Illinois.

MG Fay serves as the Executive Vice President, Worldwide Property & Casualty Claim at CNA and is a true champion of the USO of Illinois mission. Most recently, it was MG Fay’s leadership that lead to a very special tailgate party for the big Army-Navy game at the USO Great Lakes, sponsored by CNA. MG Fay and a corps of CNA volunteers helped over 500 service members celebrate the 122-year rivalry and root for their favorite team!

“CNA is very proud to partner with the USO to support our wonderful service men and women,” said George Fay, executive vice president, Worldwide Property & Casualty Claim – CNA. “The Army/Navy tailgate is a great example of one of the many ways we support the USO’s efforts. Although as a retired Major General of the U. S. Army Reserve, I was disappointed with the game’s outcome, as a CNA employee, I was delighted we were part of this terrific event.”


Nov 2, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News, Photo, Video  //  No Comments

The HOME&AWAY campaign, now in its fourth year, highlights how the USO of Illinois and Boeing are committed to helping service members and their military families thrive. Our nation’s armed forces and their families make many sacrifices to protect our freedoms. While we support their efforts at home and away, we may overlook the opportunity to say thank you, or be able to find a way to make a tangible difference. Join Boeing, in supporting the USO of Illinois and the work they do to help local military and their families.

Vote here for your favorite Home & Away video for your chance to win a VIP Chicago sports experience from Boeing with two of your favorite teams. Help someone you know. Support the USO.

Making Lifelong Connections: The heartwarming story of a soldier reconnecting with a childhood friend while stationed overseas in Japan, and asking for her hand in marriage once returning to Illinois.

From Military Police to Military Mom: After serving in Iraq as a member of the military police, Julie returned home to Illinois where she learned to reconnect with both her family and her community through the help she found at USO Rock Island.

The USO’s 12th Man: Watch pro athlete Charles Tillman recount his experiences growing up as the son of a military sergeant, and his journeys abroad where he lent his support to deployed troops working with the USO of Illinois.

McDonough gets Salute to Leadership Award from USO of Illinois

Oct 17, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News, Video  //  No Comments

TRACEY MYERS, Blackhawks Insider

Blackhawks president John McDonough was aware of where he could’ve been on Saturday night, when he was honored at the USO of Illinois Star-Spangled Salute.

“I thought tonight, with our Blackhawks schedule, it might be a bit of a conflict. Right now, probably be toward the end of the first period,” McDonough told the audience on the night the Blackhawks were supposed to open their 2012-13 season against the Columbus Blue Jackets. “But I’m certainly standing in a very enviable position.”

McDonough was presented the USA Salute to Leadership Award at this year’s Salute, which was held at the Navy Pier’s grand ballroom. The award is given to a civic or community leader in special recognition for his or her distinguished personal and professional efforts in the support of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Blackhawks have done much to honor the military, including honoring one active duty military member and one retired service member during the national anthem.

“It’s great recognition for the Blackhawks,” McDonough said prior to the ceremony. “Every night, 21,000 people stand and applaud, and they, the players and the coaches recognize what (the military’s) contributions have been. It’s very heartwarming. It’s become a trend across the league. But at the United Center, with everybody from the start of the game with the national anthem, it’s a very huge part of our game presentation and very, very meaningful.”

McDonough was humbled by the evening.

“I’m surrounded by heroes and leaders tonight that are far more deserving than I,” he told the audience. “The freedom we enjoy is not an entitlement, but a commitment from our armed forces. Every night in the United Cente, we’re guaranteed at least one heartfelt standing ovation. It’s not necessarily for a brilliant save or an overtime goal. (It’s) the appreciation of 21,000 people, including every member of both teams, acknowledging the presence of greatness and true dedication to our military.”

White Sox and USO Military Lunch

Aug 20, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News, Video  //  No Comments

White Sox players Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton have lunch with members of the military at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sailors at Great Lakes Give USO Center Kids Room a New Look

Jul 30, 2012   //   by admin   //   Events, News, Photo  //  No Comments

Over the past two months in between training, classes and their various other duties at Great Lakes Naval Station, three young sailors volunteered their time to hand paint an original mural featuring famous cartoon characters in the USO Center Great Lakes Kids Room. Each designed their own wall, choosing to paint their favorite characters from their childhood.

FC3 Avery Wilson said, “I wanted to give kids something to look at from my generation of Looney Tunes.” The USO Center at Great Lakes is a “home away from home” for sailors and their families stationed in or around Great Lakes. Wilson, originally from Norfolk, VA, who has been at Great Lakes for 18 months says “I love the USO, it’s my escape.”

FCSN Conner Stevens agreed by saying, “The USO takes the stress off of being on base.” A fan of Disney films, Stevens painted a mural of his favorite characters from The Lion King and Aladdin films. “I’ve always liked to draw and I wanted to help out,” said Stevens. Originally from the small town Magalia, California, Stevens has spent 16 months at Great Lakes Naval Station.

The idea to update the USO Great Lakes Kids Room came from FCSN Kori Hopkins as a way to give back to the USO. Having been at Great Lakes for 17 months, Hopkins stated, “I love all the different things the USO offers. I love the Girl Scout Cookies, the pool tables and all the other free things. Here you don’t have to stress.” Hopkins painted a unique mural of characters from her favorite Disney films and Dr. Seuss books she read as a child.

USO Great Lakes is a multifaceted complex where service members can enjoy rest, relaxation and recreation. The USO Great Lakes Kids Room is a special place for families to spend time together. It is a place where kids can make arts & crafts, play games, jam with their favorite musical instrument, watch movie or even put on a puppet show.

The USO of Illinois wishes to thank Avery, Conner and Kori for making the USO Great Lakes Kids Room so special.

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