Traffic Alerts

The Museum Campus is often home to a variety of special events that can affect traffic and parking. Please check back here before your next visit, so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Traffic alerts

Through July 13. Street closures within Grant Park for Taste of Chicago may slow Lake Shore Drive traffic. Columbus is closed from Monroe to Roosevelt; Jackson is closed from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus; and Congress Parkway is closed between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. 

Wednesday, July 8. An all-day special-event parking fee of $22 will apply to the Soldier Field Garage and Field Museum east lot ($30 at Adler) due to a concert.

Thursday, July 9. We're not sure when this price goes into effect, but at some point parking will cost $49 in the Soldier Field garage and possibly the other Museum Campus parking facilities due to a double-header soccer game at Soldier Field. Expect traffic congestion and possible rerouting into and out of the Museum Campus.

Friday, July 17. An all-day special-event parking fee of $22 will apply to the Soldier Field Garage and Field Museum east lot ($30 at Adler) due to a concert.

Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19. Arrive early to beat the $49 parking rate that goes into effect at noon due to an evening concert at Soldier Field. 

How is traffic impacted by Bears games and special events?

On the day of Chicago Bears home games and other special events, we strongly recommend taking public transportation. See below for routes or check

If you drive, expect a higher parking rate, from $22 to $49 in advance, at all Museum Campus facilities on these days. Parking will be prohibited on Solidarity Drive. For afternoon games, the Soldier Field north garage is often reserved for game ticketholders. Expect traffic congestion throughout the Museum Campus. Rerouting for traffic entering and leaving the campus is a strong possibility.

Are ATMs available to pay for parking?

Yes, ATMs are available in the Soldier Field North Garage.

Can I still park on Solidarity Drive?

When the special-event fee is in effect, it often means parking on Solidarity Drive is prohibited. When no parking signs are posted on the street, they are strictly enforced.

When are parking price changes announced?

All fee changes are announced ahead of time, especially during the summer. However, rates and hours for all lots and garages are subject to change without notice. All Museum Campus parking is owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by Standard Parking. For the most current parking information, visit

If I decide not to drive, how can I get to Shedd?

Public transportation is the best way to get to Shedd. Whether you start on Metra or take CTA all the way, you'll arrive within steps of our door! Go here to plan your route.