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 each visit to plan around traffic so you can spend the most time with the animals.
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.
Bears season is here. See important Museum Campus parking information below.
Lake Shore Drive/Chicago River bridge lift schedule. Sailboats make their fall migration from Lake Michigan to dry dock Wednesdays and Saturdays through Nov. 17, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. If the bridge is on your route, plan your trip so that you're not late for your aquatic presentation. If you do have to sit out a bridge lift, please turn off your engine.
Saturday, Oct. 1. Expect rolling street closures on the Museum Campus during the morning for the 2016 AIDS Run and Walk. Then, the special event parking fee of $22 will be in effect at the Soldier Field north garage due to the Bacon and Beer Classic at SF. Drive carefully.
Sunday, Oct. 2. Bears game. Parking will be be available only at the Soldier Field north garage for $49, possibly going down an hour or so after the noon start time. Your car will be inspected with a metal detector. See below for more details.
Saturday, Oct. 8, time TBA. An international soccer game at Soldier Field will affect traffic and parking. Details to come.
Sunday, Oct. 9, until 3 p.m. The Chicago Marathon will affect traffic throughout the city, including access to Lake Shore Drive and the Museum Campus. Check street closures and the route map here. If you can, take public transportation. Any way you get here, allow extra time.
Saturday, Nov. 5, time TBA. An international rugby game at Soldier Field will affect traffic and parking. Details to come.
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.