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

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 19. Reconstruction of the Jane Byrne Interchange means ramp and lane closures on the Kennedy, Eisenhower and Ryan, especially on weekends. Click here for specifics by date and road. And ramp reconstruction, with lane closures, continues where the Stevenson meets Lake Shore Drive. Expect delays and time your travel accordingly!

Friday, Aug. 28. An all-day special-event parking fee of $22 will apply to the Soldier Field garage and Field Museum east lot due to an event at Soldier Field in the late afternoon. Watch for additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and expect some rerouting as you enter and leave the Museum Campus.

Thursday, Sept. 3. The $22 special-event parking fee at the Soldier Field garage and other Museum Campus lots will go to $49 around 3 p.m. due to a pre-season Bears game. Plan your arrival time accordingly!

Saturday, Sept. 5. The $22 special-event parking fee at the Soldier Field garage and other Museum Campus lots will go to $49 around 3 p.m. due to a rugby game. Plan your arrival time accordingly!

Thursday, Sept. 10. 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, Sept. 12. 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.

Sunday, Sept. 13. See below for Bears traffic and parking information.

Saturday, Sept. 19. 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 major concert at noon at First Merit. Watch for extra car and pedestrian traffic.

Sunday, Sept. 20. See below for Bears traffic and parking information.

Wednesday, Sept. 23. 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 an evening concert at First Merit. Watch for extra car and pedestrian traffic.

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 www.transitchicago.com/.

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. Here's the remaining game schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m. (pre-season)
Sunday, Sept. 13, noon
Sunday, Sept. 20, noon
Sunday, Oct. 4, noon
Sunday Nov. 1, noon
Sunday, Nov. 22, noon
Sunday, Dec. 6, noon
Sunday, Dec. 13, noon
Sunday, Jan. 3, noon

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 www.soldierfieldparking.com.

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.