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
April 25 and 26, starting at 8 a.m.
This weekend two fundraising events starting at Soldier Field bring hundreds of walkers, skaters, cyclists and runners to the Museum Campus and lakefront. We'll post route specifics and any road closures as soon as we get them. But allow extra time if you're planning a morning visit to Shedd.

April 22-May 8. The NFL draft takes place in Grant Park from April 30 to May 2, but street closures are already in effect. Lake Shore Drive and the Museum Campus roads will be open during that time, but be aware of the following street closures in and around Grant Park, especially if the Eisenhower Expressway is part of your route to and from Shedd. 

  • Congress Parkway between Michigan and Columbus, including Congress Circle, April 22 until May 8.
  • Columbus between Balbo and Jackson, April 27 until May 4.
  • Michigan Avenue between Balbo and Jackson, April 30, from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m.
  • Congress between Michigan and State, April 30, from 3 p.m to 11 p.m.
  • Closures will affect Wabash and Van Buren on April 30.

With rerouted traffic and higher numbers of pedestrians, expect delays and allow extra time to get to Shedd.

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 strictkly 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.