About the USO

The Mission:

The mission of the USO is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

The Vision:

As the premier provider of programs and centers, the USO of Illinois is the leader and trusted resource that serves the needs of the military community, in times of peace and war, and acts as a bridge to the public.


Since 1941, the USO has served as a private, civilian 501c(3) non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of the American people.

USO of Illinois touches the lives of nearly 350,000 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve military and military families throughout Illinois. Offered year round, USO of Illinois provides over 300 programs and services that enhance the quality of our service members lives which raise morale through unique recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities and USO Center facilities at Midway Airport, Great Lakes Naval Station, O’Hare Terminal 2, O’Hare Terminal 3 and the Rock Island Arsenal. Together, our network of hundreds of volunteers donates nearly 20,000 hours of service annually in honor of our brave men and women.

The USO is chartered by Congress as a non-profit organization. It is not part of the U.S. government but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.