Traffic Alerts

The Museum Campus is often home to a variety of special events, which can impact traffic and parking. Please check back here before your next visit, so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Next traffic alert: Sunday, Nov. 23. Bears game at noon. Expect heavy car and pedestrian traffic around Soldier Field several hours before the game. Parking in the Soldier Field garage and surface lots will be $49 in advance. Find more parking information below. As a reminder, we cannot offer valet parking when there is a daytime Bears home game. We strongly encourage taking public transportation

Upcoming dates that will impact traffic/parking:

Sunday, Nov. 23 - Bears home game at noon
Thursday, Dec. 4 - Bears home game at 7:25 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 15 - Bears home game at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21 - Bears home game at noon

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.

Are ATMs available to pay for parking?

Yes, ATMs are available in the Soldier Field North Garage.

Can I still park at a meter?

When the special-event fee is in effect, it often also applies to all Museum Campus parking facilities, and meters on Solidarity Drive might be bagged at the same time. 

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.