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

Thursday, Nov. 26, until 1 p.m. State Street between Roosevelt and Randolph, along with stretches of Harrison, Balbo, Polk, 8th, 9th and 11th Streets near State, will be closed for the Thanksgiving parade. Plan your route to Shedd accordingly.  

Sundays at noon, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Jan. 3. For the Bears games, Museum Campus parking will be $49 until 1:30 p.m., when it drops to $22. See below for additional traffic and parking information on game days. Expect heavy traffic and lots of pedestrians around Soldier Field. Also, security will be increased on campus during the game.

Sunday, Nov. 28, 1 p.m. A special-event parking rate will be in effect due to the U. of I. vs. Northwestern football game. Expect heavy pedestrian and car traffic around Shedd.

Ramp work on interchange between Lake Shore Drive and Stevenson Expressway (I-55). This long-term project continues with ramp closures and new lane reductions and reconfigurations east of the Dan Ryan that will affect traffic until next summer. Follow the signs and allow extra travel time so that you don't miss your reserved show or programs.

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. Here's the remaining game schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 4, noon
Sunday Nov. 1, noon
Sunday, Nov. 22, noon
Sunday, Dec. 6, noon
Sunday, Dec. 13, noon
Sunday, Jan. 3, noon

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.