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 any 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.
Throughout the summer. Concert season is almost upon us. In addition to heavy pedestrian, car and trolley traffic on the Museum Campus as music fans arrive for music at Soldier Field or Northerly Island, parking at the Soldier Field north garage will cost $30 (cash or credit card) as you enter on these days:
June 23, 24, 25; gates open at 1 p.m. each day, so expect lots of congestion during our visiting hours
July 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 22, 24, 30
Aug. 9, 12, 17
Saturday, June 24, starting at 8 a.m. A 5K run associated with the Bears starts on Waldron Drive, behind Soldier Field, and ends at Soldier Field. Where it goes in between those two points we don't know, but expect road closures, probably including Museum Campus Drive, and watch for signs indicating where you can exit for the campus and Shedd.
Saturday, July 1, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, July 5, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Thursday, July 6, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anticipate special-event parking rates, heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic, lots of activity and possibly some road closures before and during the specified hours. Soldier Field and the Museum Campus will be the site of several events of the weeklong Warrior Games, a Department of Defense athletic competition for wounded, ill and injured U.S. Armed Forces active-duty personnel and veterans. Take public transportation to Shedd if you can.
Watch for still more new lane configurations between Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Reconstruction of the connections between these two workhorse highways just might be completed this July. Until then, 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.