USCG Station Wilmette Harbor

US Coast Guard Station Wilmette Harbor


10 Harbor Dr., Wilmette, IL 60091

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USCG Station Wilmette Harbor is located in Wilmette, Illinois. It was opened on June 8, 1931. This station replaced the old Evanston Station that had grown out of lifeboats operated by student of Northwestern University in the 1870s. The property was returned to the university. Wilmette Lifeboat Station, better known as Wilmette Harbor Station fell under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Division of the Northern Area District after the reorganization of 1935.


A tragic incident occurred in Wilmette Harbor in early May 1951 that cost the lives of the pilot of a crashed plane and of five men from a rescue crew manning a vessel from the Navy’s Great Lakes Training Center. Wilmette Station had been closed since October of 1950 because of the shoaling of the channel entrance to the harbor. The station, which may have been permanently closed otherwise was once again deemed necessary and reopened during the last week of May. In the night of October 28, 1951, between 1 and 2 a.m. radio contact was lost to CG 30315, manned by BM3 Robert Sawyer and EN1 Max Wage. The vessel was out on the lake to search for a hull with three duck hunters that was reported missing. The hull was found a half-mile off the Waukegan Harbor entrance. One of the hunters’ bodies was recovered, the others were lost. CG 30315 was never found. Wilmette Harbor Station personnel participated in the search for United Airlines Flight 380 that had crashed into Lake Michigan on August 16, 1965. All 24 passengers and 8 crew members of the plane from LaGuardia headed for O’Hare Airport were dead.


Station Wilmette Harbor’s  missions include Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Boating Safety, and security for special marine events, including Presidential security zones. The unit’s area of responsibility covers Lake Michigan from Great lakes, IL to downtown Chicago, IL, to include half way across the lake. Station Wilmette Harbor conducts an average of 90 to 100 Search and Rescue cases each year.


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 inter-coastal waterways, the Chicago River, and 138 miles of the Illinois Des Plaines river system. Sector Lake Michigan’s missions are accomplished by a dedicated workforce of 541 Active Duty, 208 Reserve, and 16 civilian personnel. 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.



The nearest major airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD / KORD). This airport has international and domestic flights from Chicago, Illinois and is 21 miles from the center of Wilmette, IL.

Another major airport is Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW / KMDW), which has international and domestic flights from Chicago, Illinois and is 29 miles from Wilmette, IL.


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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.

Wilmette School District 39
Romona Elementary School
Wilmette Junior High School

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

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​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.

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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.

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

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In Wilmette, the summers are warm 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 21°F to 83°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 91°F.

The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 1 to September 19, 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 69°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 2 to March 7, with an average daily high temperature below 42°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 21°F and high of 32°F.

The wetter season lasts 6.5 months, from March 28 to October 11, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on June 13.

The drier season lasts 5.5 months, from October 11 to March 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 15% on January 29.

In Wilmette, IL, the overall cost of living index is 166, which is 68% higher than the Illinois average and 66% 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 Wilmette, IL, the city’s goods and services are 14% higher than the Illinois average and 15% higher than the U.S. average.

The Chicago area has plenty of couture ice cream operations—like Ruth and Phils Gourmet Ice Cream, with such arcane flavors as sour cream cinnamon—but a big, hearty city demands the kind of hearty ice cream that Al Capone used to enjoy. In 1935, Gus Poulos made up his first batch of ice cream at this very location in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, and it’s an obligatory pit stop for visitors and Chicagoans alike. Capone might have been a bad guy, but he knew good ice cream.

Butterflies and Blooms is a butterfly exhibition where visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. It runs from 10 am – 5 pm May 25-Sept. 2 at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe.

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The magnificent chateauesque mansion of former U.S. Vice-President Charles Gates Dawes is located adjacent to Lake Michigan. This National Historic Landmark has been faithfully restored to its 1920s origins and enhanced with exhibits focusing on Evanston history. Docent led tours of the house take place a few times daily Thursday through Sunday. Spring, summer and fall, lively docent-led walking tours of Evanston neighborhoods, downtown, and the lakefront are offered. The tours provide fun and fascinating insights into the history of Evanston, its architecture, and the cultural landscape.

Climb a waterfall garden, discover hidden rooms inside an English Walled Garden, cross bridges spanning sparkling lakes, a Japanese Garden and discover a garden with trains chugging across bridges and trestles. The Chicago Botanic Garden opened more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world’s great living museums and conservation science centers. There’s 27 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection. Enjoy seasonal festivals, tours by train or on foot, art exhibitions, and lots of ways for families to learn about the wonders of nature.

Grosse Point Lighthouse, on the shores of Lake Michigan, was built by the US Government in 1873 as the lead lighthouse marking the approach to Chicago after several shipwrecks demonstrated its need. In 1999, Grosse Point Lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service; the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes to carry that status. The Garden Club of Evanston maintains wildflower and butterfly gardens on its property.

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