By Kevin Lankes


The best thing about Naval Station Great Lakes is that it’s surrounded by a multitude of different cuisines. With Chicago close by, you can grab pretty much any kind of food your heart desires. America’s Second City has a ton of options for late-night delivery, date nights, and family outings. You definitely won’t go hungry here. There are some solid choices closer to base, too, and we’ll run you through some of those. Depending on the particular dish you’re craving, you might have to go a little further out of your way, but there are plenty of restaurants around with comfort foods and luxury dishes alike. Know what you’re in the mood for? Click the link to go straight there. (1-4) American Cuisine on NS Great Lakes (5-7) Mexican Restaurants Near NS Great Lakes (8-10) Italian Restaurants Near NS Great Lakes (11-13) Chinese Restaurants Near NS Great Lakes (14-16) Japanese Restaurants Near NS Great Lakes (17-18) Thai Restaurants Near NS Great Lakes (19-20) American Restaurants Near NS Great Lakes

Naval Station Great Lakes Restaurants

American Cuisine

1. Buckley's

2821 Great Lakes Dr North Chicago, IL 60088


1 (847) 688-4593 Buckley’s offers scenic views of the golf course and tasty sandwiches and a large selection of char-broiled items. Check before you go for they are only open seasonally.

2. Legends Sports Club

2224 Paul Jones St Great Lakes, IL 60088


1 (847) 688-4641 Complete with a 35-foot-long bar this is the place to go to unwind and hang out with friends. Enjoy karaoke nights on Thursdays and Hall of Fame memorabilia from the professional athletes that have played at the base.

3. Sam Adams Brewhouse & Restaurant

2501 Mac Donough St Great Lakes, IL 60088


1 (847) 688-6946 This gem of an alehouse is located right on base and should be up and running again as soon as it’s safe to do so. You can order the usual American barroom fare here like chicken wings and fries, but with added treats like signature Sam Adams steaks. Of course, Boston Lager is on tap, as well as the current seasonal brew. And all your favorites are repped here in bottle form, so swing by to have a cold one or two of your variety of choice.

4. Spinz

2224 Paul Jones St Great Lakes, IL 60088


1 (847) 688-7898 Known for their tasty burgers, hot wings, and pizza this place hits the spot while you are breaking a sweat bowling. Not in the mood for bowling, but still craving a good burger? Spinz is currently offering free delivery!

Restaurants near Chicago, IL

Naval Station Great Lakes has some of the best food available to any service member due to its proximity to Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. With so many restaurants near Naval Station Great Lakes, we’ve compiled some of our favorite places to eat that will satisfy any foodies palate. Mexican Cuisine Near Naval Station Great Lakes

Mexican Cuisine

5. Speedy Taco

2722 Martin Luther King Jr Dr North Chicago, IL 60064


1 (847) 578-0450 Speedy Taco is exactly as its name suggests. They serve or deliver fast plates of Mexican staples in no time. You can also swing by for pickup just 20 minutes after you put your order in. You won’t just find the regular food you’ve come to expect from a Mexican restaurant, either. They have more complex specialty plates here, as well as American fares like a variety of hot dogs, burgers, and chicken wings. Speedy Taco is a superb choice for squashing anyone’s cravings for munchies.

6. Dos Amigos

101 W Rockland Rd Libertyville, IL 60048


1 (224) 206-7282 Dos Amigos is a local favorite that uses fresh ingredients to bring you the flavors you love. It’s a cozy spot with great reviews and a few solid special offers, especially if you’re planning to spend a ton on tacos. Of course, they boast an extended menu of Mexican favorites and specialty dishes, so you can order every day if you want to and always find something new to try.

7. Tacos el Durango Mexican Grill

3900 Washington St Gurnee, IL 60031


1 (847) 596-2580 Tacos el Durango is a small, family-owned and operated business in Lake County. There are tons of Mexican places in the area, but none that have the customer service and attention to detail and presentation of dishes that this one does. The service is great and the staff is friendly and helpful. The food is super authentic and comes in several categories like breakfast or seafood. Italian Cuisine Near Naval Station Great Lakes

Italian Cuisine

8. Francesca’s Intimo

293 E Illinois Rd Lake Forest, IL 60045


1 (847) 735-9235 Francesca’s Intimo began as a single location in Chicago and now spans multiple cities and locations in 3 states. The location in Lake Forest is a nice place for an evening out. They have a great ambiance and a big menu of delicious food to choose from. You can order classic meatballs and margarita pizza or opt for something fancier like sauteed mussels.

9. Louie’s Restaurant

1009 North Ave Waukegan, IL 60085


1 (847) 244-0101 Louie’s is a no-frills local Italian place with a relaxed setting and big portions. Come by for the pizza, the hot wings, lasagna and other pasta classics, and much more. They also sell salads and wraps, along with whole plate entree dinners.

10. The Calzone & Macaroni Co

260 Hawthorn Village Commons Vernon Hills, IL 60061


1 (847) 996-0205 The Calzone & Macaroni Co is a fun little spot in Vernon Hills with casual dining in mind. Make sure to stop in for their gourmet mac and cheese before you get anything else. Of course, they offer a ton of other great options like salad, pizza, and shareable sides like the cheese beer nuggets. Order pickup or delivery and come away with a giant calzone or their bbq beef jalapeno macaroni. Chinese Cuisine Near Naval Station Great Lakes

Chinese Cuisine

11. Tang’s Chinese Restaurant

111 US-45 Grayslake, IL 60030


1 (847) 548-8882 Tang’s Chinese Restaurant has been operating for over 20 years in Lake County. They make authentic Chinese dishes to eat in and deliver. They also provide catering. Tang’s offers lunch specials between 11:30 am-2:30 pm. They also serve bottled beer.

12. Red Lantern

738 Butterfield Rd Mundelein, IL 60060


1 (847) 918-1858 Red Lantern is a community favorite that focuses on fresh ingredients and friendly customer service. They have a huge selection of food that’s inspired by traditional dishes made to suit local palettes. From seafood to chicken, to dumplings, to vegetarian plates, there’s something for everyone at Red Lantern.

13. Hunan Sixth Happiness

2705 Martin Luther King Jr Dr North Chicago, IL 60064


1 (847) 473-5346 Hunan Sixth Happiness is an affordable Chinese restaurant with big portions and great reviews. It has a welcoming vibe and big tables that can be pushed together for larger groups. It’s a great place to bring friends and family for casual dining. They have a lot of popular favorites like orange chicken and Mongolian beef, so there’s plenty of go-to options and even more to try out for the first time. Japanese Cuisine Near Naval Station Great Lakes

Japanese Cuisine

14. Bangkok Tokyo Restaurant

227 North Waukegan Road Lake Bluff, IL 60044


1 (847) 295-7811 Bangkok Tokyo Restaurant is a combination Japanese and Thai restaurant that hits the spot every time. Their hospitable staff serves fresh sushi and authentic Thai dishes. There's a lot to love here at a great spot where it's easy to become a regular, and that's been serving the community since 2008.

15. Tokyo Bowl inc

121 W Townline Rd Vernon Hills, IL 60061


1 (847) 549-6310 Tokyo Bowl inc is a cozy restaurant for dine-in or takes out with a lot of great food to offer. Select from plenty of Japanese menu items like ramen and sushi, or from their Korean menu options. They make a lot of fun specialty rolls here for the adventurous, plus some interesting entree items like mango ramen.

16. Sushi Kushi Toyo

825 S Waukegan Rd Lake Forest, IL 60045


1 (847) 234-9950 Sushi Kushi Toyo is a traditional Japanese location that serves authentic food crafted by sushi chefs and cook staff in an ambient environment. They have a huge selection of genuine Japanese food to try out, from donburi to yakizakana, there’s something for everything. There are rotating lunch specials here too. The menu goes on and on, so come back multiple times until you taste it all. Thai Cuisine Near Naval Station Great Lakes

Thai Cuisine

17. Green Basil

701 N Milwaukee Ave #284 Vernon Hills, IL 60061


1 (847) 918-8858 Green Basil is a great spot for classic Thai dishes. The recipes they serve here have been handed down through the family to end up on your table. So you’re going to find far more choices here than you would at your average Thai place. They don’t just serve a few noodle and curry dishes. You’ll also find a large selection of lunch specials at just the right price.

18. Tokyo @ Siam

2450 Buckley Rd North Chicago, IL 60064


1 (847) 473-5000 This combination Thai and Japanese restaurant has all the staples of both cuisines. From noodles to sushi, you have the best of both worlds available to you at Tokyo @ Siam. They serve dishes like pad thai, panang curry, yakisoba, tonkatsu pork, ramen, sushi, and lots more.  American Cuisine Near Naval Station Great Lakes

American Cuisine

19. The Lantern of Lake Forest

768 N Western Ave Lake Forest, IL 60045


1 (847) 234-9844 The Lantern of Lake Forest is a staple in the community and has been in operation for over 75 years. This is where you go if you want to get your hands on some classic finger foods and another American fare. Come by for your chicken wings, french fries, turkey avocado wraps, pot roast dinners, and much more. Check their website for the daily specials and rotating drinks list.

20. Lake Forest Food & Wine

645 N Bank Ln UNIT 120 Lake Forest, IL 60045


1 (847) 234-0620 Lake Forest Food & Wine is a neighborhood restaurant with a craft beer menu and great prices. The service here is great and the staff is friendly. You’ll find mouth-watering burgers on the menu, along with smatterings of a lot of other categories to choose from. It’s a great place for a quick bite or a sit-down group event. They cater for your own parties, too.


The people here are serious about their food and come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, providing you with a huge list of cuisines to choose from on an average day. From quick eats to more upscale experiences, you’ll find everything you could want around Naval Station Great Lakes.  




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