Traffic Alerts

Throughout the year, the Museum Campus is the site of a variety of special events that can affect traffic and parking. Summer brings multiple events nearly every weekend, so please check here before each visit to plan around traffic so you can spend the most time with the animals.

Traffic alerts

In addition to the 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.

Wednesdays, 5-10 p.m., through Sept. 14. Parking on Jazzin' nights is only available in the Soldier Field north garage for $22, or $35 when there is a concert (Aug. 24 and 31). Credit cards are accepted. Check out public transportation, too.

Aug. 24, 26, 31. Parking will be $22, going up to $35 later in the afternoon, on the way in at the Soldier Field north garage due to Soldier Field or Northerly Island concerts. Some of these are big-draw bands, so expect traffic congestion and lots of pedestrians later in the afternoon.

Saturday, Aug. 27, noon. Another Bears preseason game. The early start means parking will be $49 when Shedd opens. Also expect long backups for Museum Campus access and possible rerouting. The parking price could drop by 1 or 1:30. For exact day-of information on rate changes, call the Soldier Field north garage at 312-235-7701. Check below for other game-related parking restrictions. All in all, public transportation is a good option.

Saturday, Aug. 27, until 11:30 a.m., and Sunday, Aug. 28, until 2 p.m. The Chicago Traithlon takes place along the lakefront. The bike portion appears to go through Grant Park, so expect closures there. The run loops through the Museum Campus and might affect traffic.

Watch for new lane configurations between Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) as this reconstruction project drags on 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, payable by cash or credit card as you enter, 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.

If you have accessibility needs, please contact us at 312-939-2438 for additional information about getting to Shedd.

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.