Throughout the year, the Museum Campus is the site of a variety of special events that can affect traffic and parking. Summer brings multiple events nearly every weekend, so 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.
Through Thursday, Aug. 4. Street closures for Lollapalooza: Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt; Balbo from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive; Jackson from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive. Expect congestion in both directions on LSD between Monroe and Roosevelt.
July 23, 24, 26, Aug. 6, 9, 16, 21, 24, 26, 31. Parking will be $22 (the special-event rate) on the way in at the Soldier Field north garage and surface lots due to Soldier Field or Northerly Island concerts. Some of these are big-draw bands, so expect traffic congestion and lots of pedestrians later in the afternoon.
Wednesday, July 27, 8 p.m. A big soccer game puts all Museum Campus parking facilities into special-event pricing. Parking will cost $22, paid on the way in, until 2 p.m., when it goes up to $45. If you are attending Jazzin' at the Shedd, we strongly recommend taking public transportation. Expect heavier-than-usual foot and car traffic on the Museum Campus as soccer fans arrive in late afternoon.
Thursday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. The Bears' first preseason game. Typically, parking is $22 until four hours before the game, when it goes up to $49. Time your visit accordingly.
Saturday, Aug. 27, noon. Another Bears preseason game. The early start means parking will be $49 when Shedd opens. Depending on traffic, the price could drop to $22 by 1 or 1:30. For exact day-of information on rate changes, call the Soldier Field north garage at 312-235-7701. Check below for other game-related parking restrictions. Public transportation is a good option.
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.