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 May 2. Street closures for the NFL Draft events: Congress from Michigan to Columbus; Columbus from Jackson to Balbo; Balbo from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive. From the Eisenhower, Michigan Avenue south to Roosevelt is your best bypass bet except Thursday and Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., when Michigan is closed from Jackson to Balbo. At the same time, Congress will be closed from Wabash to Michigan.

Saturday, April 30, from 8 a.m. until noon. If you're arriving around 9, watch for rolling street closures on Museum Campus Drive as a race starts at Soldier Field and crosses McFetridge Drive. The course includes both sides of Shedd but should not affect pedestrian access to the aquarium.

Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m. to noon? The Lake Shore Drive 18th Street south- and northbound exits will be closed during the annual St. Jude Police Memorial March on the Museum Campus. Get off the Drive at McFetridge to get to the Soldier Field north parking garage.

Watch for new lane configurations between Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) as this reconstruction project continues until winter 2017. Follow the signs and allow extra travel time so that you don't miss your reserved show or programs. Backed-up traffic could slow your access to the Museum Campus at 18th from southbound LSD.

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.