Hostess House Tour, Great Lakes Naval Base

Partners in Preservation Grant Program
September 15, 2007
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Great Lakes Naval Base, North Chicago


The Great Lake Naval Museum Association will have an open house from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. to show the general public Building #42, the Hostess House, designed my noted modernist architect Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and its plan to restore this significant building as its new museum.

The U.S. Navy is working closely with the Great Lakes Naval Museum Association to transfer Building 42 to the Naval Museum Association, which will then embark on a $12 million multi-phase plan to restore the Hostess House to its WWII grandeur. The Museum Association's goal is to have the building restored in time for the 100th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Naval Station in 2011. This event will be free to the general public.

Metra Directions
Take the Union Pacific North Line to the Great Lakes Station. Walk to the north (approximately 2 blks) to the front gate entrance.

Driving Directions

  • From I-94 (Tri-State Tollway) or From Route 41 via I-94 (the Edens)
  • Exit Buckley Rd (Rt 137), travel East about 3 miles until it ends
  • Stay in right lane as road curves to Sheridan Road – turn right (north)
  • Follow signs to the Main Gate / Visitor’s Center, Bldg 6130,
  • (just 100 feet past the Main Gate) and park in the parking lot to the left
  • Proceed to the long brown building (Bldg 42, 610 Farragut Ave, Great Lakes, IL 60088).