US Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor

District

4001 E. 98th St., Chicago, IL 60617

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ABOUT

USCG Station Calumet Harbor is located on the southern end of Chicago’s lake front in Calumet Park and was originally placed into service in 1933 as Station South Chicago. Before that, the previous station bearing the same name, commissioned in 1915, was located on the north bank of the Calumet River, just inside the river’s mouth.

 

Early on in its history, Station Calumet Harbor serviced only the southern portion of Chicago and northwest Indiana. Staffing consisted of a Chief Petty Officer and a crew of seven, with a life boat, pulling surfboat, and a dinghy.

 

Over the past 73 years, Calumet Harbor’s area of responsibility has grown on four separate occasions. When Station Jackson Park first closed in 1964, when Station Chicago closed in 1969, and n 1986 when Station Wilmette became a sub-unit, which later regained its independent status in 2003. The most recent change was post-September 11 when Station Calumet Harbor picked up the remaining 120 miles of the Illinois river system extending south, nearly to Peoria, IL.

 

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan is comprised of 21 Coast Guard Stations/Units that are responsible for 1,638 miles of shoreline and approximately 19,000 square miles of surface water. The Area of Responsibility for Sector Lake Michigan covers four states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan; in addition to the majority of Lake Michigan, numerous intercoastal waterways, the Chicago River, and 138 miles of the Illinois Des Plaines river system.

 

The Sector’s vessel inventory includes 53 boats: two 47′ Motor Lifeboats, twelve 45′ Response Boat – Medium, nineteen 29′ Response Boat – Small (Gen II), one 49′ BUSL, and three 21′ trailerable aids to navigation TANBs, plus 14 ice skiffs and two 22′ airboats.

 

The Ninth Coast Guard District is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of the international border with Canada. The 6,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women who make up the Ninth District deliver multi-mission services in search and rescue, maritime safety and security, environmental protection, maritime law enforcement, aids to navigation and icebreaking.

Sector Lake Michigan’s missions are accomplished by a dedicated workforce of 541 Active Duty, 208 Reserve, and 16 civilian personnel.

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ARRIVAL

The nearest major airport is Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW / KMDW). This airport has international and domestic flights and is 12 miles from the center of Chicago, IL.

 

Another major airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD / KORD), which has international and domestic flights and is 18 miles from Chicago, IL.

 

I-94 East through Chicago and exit at Stoney Island Parkway. Go North to 95th St. and turn Right. Go approximately 3mi. to Calumet Park. The Station is in the SE corner of the park.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
According to the Illinois School Code, children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 may begin school. Based upon an assessment of a child’s school readiness, a school district may choose to permit a child to attend school prior to that date, or it may choose not to do so.

City Of Chicago School District 299
Skinner North Elementary School
Northside College Preparatory High School
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If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition.

Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program.
Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.

There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

Public Health – City of Chicago (312) 747-9884
Our Public Health system has a direct impact on the quality of this vibrant city.

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (773) 881-1711
Working together, we can ensure a safe, loving home and brighter future for every child.

PAWS Chicago (773) 935-7297
Once safe at PAWS Chicago, every pet is treated as an individual and guaranteed life, no matter where they come from and what they need.

Illinois State Police (847) 294-4400
The Illinois State Police will strive for excellence in all we do – seeking to be one of the premier policing agencies in the country. The Illinois State Police will promote public safety to improve the quality of life in Illinois.

Base Operator(773) 768-4093

 

Housing

Currently, the US Coast Guard does not offer on-base housing at Station Calumet Harbor.

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In Chicago, the summers are warm, humid, and wet; the winters are freezing and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 83°F and is rarely below 5°F or above 91°F.

The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 3 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 83°F and low of 71°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 2 to March 9, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 22°F and high of 33°F.

The wetter season lasts 7.0 months, from March 29 to October 31, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on May 27.

The drier season lasts 5.0 months, from October 31 to March 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 15% on January 30.

In Chicago, IL, the overall cost of living index is 113, which is 14% higher than the Illinois average and 13% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Chicago, IL, the city’s goods and services are 14% higher than the Illinois average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.

Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the United States. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.

Oak Park has more examples from architect Frank Lloyd Wright than anywhere in the world. From private residences like three Queen Anne-style “Bootleg Houses” to public-access properties like the unprecedented Unity Temple, see the evolution of his Prairie architecture style. Stop by his inspiring home and studio, the low and long Frank W. Thomas House or the medieval Tudor Revival-style Nathan G. Moore House.

Discover “the sound of summer” at Ravinia Festival, Chicagoland’s premier outdoor concert-park. Summer home of the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra and host to acts like Maroon 5 and The Judds, Ravinia has stars on the stage and stars in the sky – plus restaurants, a carousel and a sculpture walk.

25 miles northwest of downtown (Schaumburg, Illinois), step into the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Get lost in all things LEGO. Reach out and touch the stars in 4-D cinema, ride a dragon through the Medieval LEGO Castle, see iconic Chicago landmarks in MINILAND, learn top LEGO-building secrets and more at this popular family attraction.

If Legos aren’t your thing, 25 miles north of downtown – in Glencoe, you’ll find the Chicago Botanical Gardens. 
Nine islands, four natural habitats, 24 gardens and 384 acres filled with flowers, scenic waterfalls, native prairies and warm greenhouses – its all here at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Even better? This picturesque paradise offers tours that are completely customizable to your interests.

Between scenic overlooks of the Illinois River, waterfalls, bluffs and canyons dominate the stunning landscape at Starved Rock. Check out the fascinating rock formations, primarily St. Peter sandstone, laid down in a huge shallow inland sea more than 425 million years ago and later brought to the surface. Hike, fish, camp, take to the waters or dive into winter sports – activities abound year round.

One of four US presidents to reside in Illinois before life in the White House, Abraham Lincoln was the nation’s 16th president and the leader’s hometown of Springfield boasts the largest concentration of Lincoln sites in the state. At the Presidential Library and Museum, watch his entire life story play out under one roof – from a TV control room on Election Night 1860, the Blue Room of the White House, an Indiana log cabin and Ford’s Theatre.

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