Traffic Alerts

Throughout the year, the Museum Campus is the site of a variety of special events that can affect traffic and parking. Please check here before every visit so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Traffic alerts

Northerly Island concerts, June 2, 3, 11, 17, 18, 19, 23, July 2, 8, 16, 17 and 19Throughout the summer on concert dates, parking is $22 (the all-day rate) cash-only on the way in at the Soldier Field north garage and surface lots, and the Museum Campus gets busy with car and pedestrian traffic in the late afternoon.

Sunday, June 5, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, June 7, 7 p.m.; Friday, June 10, 8:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m. International soccer competitions drawing capacity crowds to Soldier Field will affect entry to and exit from the Museum Campus.

Soldier Field concerts, July 1, 3, 23, 24. Parking will be $22 (the all-day rate) cash-only on the way in at the Soldier Field north garage and surface lots. These are big-draw bands, so expect traffic congestion and lots of pedestrians later in the afternoon.

Wednesday, July 27, 8 p.m. Another big soccer game puts all Museum Campus parking facilities into event mode pricing of $22 cash as you enter. Expect heavier-than-usual traffic on the Museum Campus if you leave the aquarium close to closing time.

Thursday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. The Bears' first preseason game. Typically, parking is $22 cash until four hours before the game, when it goes up to $49. Plan your visit accordingly.

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 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.