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.
Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. to noon. Expect interruptions in Museum Campus traffic flow during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Walkers will cross Museum Campus Drive at Waldron (south of Soldier Field) soon after the 10 a.m. start, and cross McFetridge, between Soldier Field and the Field Museum, around 11 a.m., or midway through the route. Plan your approach to Shedd accordingly. Parking at the Soldier Field garage could be the $22 special-event rate.
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.
Monday, Oct. 31. Bears evening game. Parking will be be available only at the Soldier Field north garage for $22, going up to $49 at 1:30 p.m. Your car will be inspected with a metal detector. See below for more details.
Saturday, Nov. 5. A big-draw international rugby game at Soldier Field at 3 p.m. will affect traffic and parking all day. Treat it like a Bears game. Parking at the Soldier Field north garage will cost $49 from 9 a.m. on. Expect your car to be inspected with a metal detector. Alternate parking on the Museum Campus may not be available, and entry and exit to the campus may be rerouted near game time. Allow extra time if you drive or take public transportation.
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.