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

Saturday, June 6. The parking fee for the Soldier Field garage will increase to $49 around noon due to a concert at Soldier Field in the evening.

Wednesday, June 10. A special-event parking fee of $30 will apply to all Museum Campus lots later in the day due to a concert. 

Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14. Expect heavier traffic and lots of pedestrians during a three-day music festival at Soldier Field. A special-event parking rate of $22 may apply.

Tuesday, June 16. A special-event parking fee of $30 will apply to all Museum Campus lots later in the day due to a concert.

Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21. Parking at all Museum Campus lots will cost $30 for the day because of a three-day special event. Watch for heavy foot and vehicle traffic between the Soldier Field garage and the lake.

Friday, June 26. A special-event parking fee of $30 will apply to all Museum Campus lots later in the day due to a concert.   

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 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 strictkly 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 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.