Base Meetings and Events


Meetings

When: 1st Saturday of every month, 12 Noon (unless otherwise posted). 

We are getting back to business again following current COVID-19 restrictions. The health of our members and  families are our #1 concern. Please wear a mask for your sake, as well as other members. Hope you can join us.

Saturday, June 5, 2021  - Noon  -  Location: Mustang Bar & Grill, 482 Gardner St, South Beloit, IL.

NOTE DATE CHANGE:  Saturday, July 10, 2021 - Noon  -  Location: Mustang Bar & Grill, 482 Gardner St. South Beloit, IL.

Saturday, August 7, 2021 - Noon  -  Location: Mustang Bar & Grill, 482 Gardner St. South Beloit, IL

Directions

From the North: From Beloit, travel South on Broad St., crossing over the Illinois border. Turn left (East) onto Gardner St. (Illinois Rt. 75). The Mustang Bar & Grill is about two blocks East on the right-hand side on the corner of Gardner and Thompson St.
From the East:  Take I-90, getting off on Rt. 75 (West) exit. Rt. 75 is Gardner St. Mustang Bar & Grill is about 1.5 miles West on the left side of the corner of Gardner and Thompson St.
From the South via IL Rt. 2 (called Blackhawk Blvd in South Beloit): Go North and exit right onto Gardner St. (Route 75). Turn right onto Gardner St., just after crossing the railroad tracks before entering Wisconsin. The Mustang Bar & Grill is about two blocks East on the right-hand side on the corner of Gardner and Thompson St.
From the South via IL 251: Go North and turn left onto Gardner St. (Route 75). The Mustang Bar & Grill is about four blocks West on the left-hand side on the corner of Gardner and Thompson St.
From the West:  Take Rt. 75 (East). Turn left onto Blackhawk Blvd. (IL Rt. 2), going about 2.3 miles to Gardner St. Turn right onto Gardner (Illinois Route 75). The Mustang Bar & Grill is about two blocks East on the right-hand side on the corner of Gardner and Thompson St.

Everyone loves a parade

We are getting the word out about our Base, thanks to the dedication and hard work of member, Richard Martin, who put together an eye-catching parade entry for the USS Illinois Base. We have more parades lined up this summer. Enjoy the photos!

USS Cobia (SS-245) spruces up for SUBFEST 7 -- Coming Soon!

Join the USS Illinois Base with other “Bubbleheads” in Manitowoc, Wisc. to celebrate the 7th Annual SubFest over the Fourth of July weekend. We lost 2020 submarine activities due to COVID restrictions, but Manitowoc and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (home of the USS Cobia) is ready to party. This year's event will being held the weekend July 4th in conjunction with the City of Manitowoc's annual 4th celebration.

On Saturday, July 3rd, the Museum and self-guided USS Cobi submarine tours will be open from 9 a.m. to 6.p.m. Live music will be playing outside the museum from 5:30 to 11 p.m. At dusk will be the Lighted Boat Parade.  On Sunday, July 4th the Museum and USS Cobia will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., vendors and craft stands will surround the area throughout the day. A parade a 10 a.m., and fireworks at dusk.

The museum has planned a special tented area for submarine sailors to gather throughout  this event. Come with your family and welcome back the Museum and USS Cobia. Visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum website for event updates.

Share in the Camaraderie

USS Illinois Base is a veteran’s organization based in northern IL and southern WI that holds meetings and events to both honor fallen submariners and foster camaraderie among active and veteran submariners. As a sub-organization of USSVI, we support a strong submarine force. Join us as a member or associate member today! We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.