Throughout the year, the Museum Campus is the site of a variety of special events that can affect traffic and parking. Please check here before each visit to plan around traffic so you can spend the most time with the animals.
In addition to any dates listed below, parking at the Soldier Field north garage can be the special-event rate of $22 (same as the all-day rate), payable on entry with credit card or cash, on any day without notice.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect slowdowns on Lake Shore Drive, especially around North Avenue, throughout the Chicago Air and Water Show. Check your favorite traffic website and allow extra time to get to Shedd.
Thursday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. Bears game. In addition to late-afternoon traffic congestion, the $22 special-event parking rate goes up to $49 around 1 p.m. Per NFL policy, all cars entering the garage on game days will be inspected with a metal detector. Time your travel to Shedd accordingly. See below for all the parking details. Other upcoming games:
Sunday, Sept. 10, noon
Sunday, Sept. 24, noon
Monday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 12, noon
Sunday, Nov. 19, noon
Sunday, Dec. 3, noon
Sunday, Dec. 24, noon
Throughout the summer and into fall. Concert season is upon us. In addition to heavy pedestrian, car, pedicab and trolley traffic on the Museum Campus as music fans arrive at Soldier Field or Northerly Island, parking at the Soldier Field north garage starts at $22 and goes up to $30 at 2 p.m. as you enter on these days:
Aug. 12, 17, 18, 19, 24
Sept. 7, 8, 22, 23