For all CTA transit information, go to www.transitchicago.com or call 312-836-7000.
CTA’s # 146 Bus to Museum Campus
Operates daily until 10:30 p.m.
Please note that the #146 to Harrison/State will not take you all the way to Shedd.
CTA’s #130 Bus eastbound
Operates between Memorial day weekend and Labor Day only.
Best for those heading from State Street downtown, North Michigan Ave. or the north side of Chicago.
Best bet for Metra or Amtrak users! Buses leave Union/Ogilvie stations between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The last #130 bus leaves Shedd at 6 p.m.
From O'Hare Airport:
Board the Blue Line CTA train and exit at Washington, where you can grab the southbound #146 bus on State Street.
From the south side of Chicago or from Midway Airport:
Board CTA bus #6 Jackson Park Express (daily) and exit at 11th Street and Columbus Drive, across from the Museum Campus. Or board the Orange or Green Line CTA train toward the Loop and exit at the Roosevelt Road/Museum Campus station, where you can transfer to the #146 Museum Campus bus.
From State Street downtown, North Michigan Avenue, or the north side of Chicago:
Board the southbound CTA bus #146 Marine-Michigan to the Museum Campus (daily) or board the Red, Orange, or Green Line CTA train toward the Loop and exit at the Roosevelt Road/Museum Campus station, where you can transfer to the #146 Museum Campus bus.
Tips for using the CTA
For estimated arrival times, use the CTA's online bus tracker or text “ctabus(space) [stop ID] to 41411. Common bus stop IDs for Shedd guests are 316 (Roosevelt and State), 5023 (Ogilvie Station, Clinton and Washington) and 14461 (Union Station, Jackson and the river). For either bus route westbound, use 4595 (Solidarity Drive and aquarium).
Best deal if you're visiting from out of town
The CTA offers multiday passes good for unlimited rides within the timeframe.