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 $25, payable on entry with credit card or cash, on any day without notice. When there's a concert, parking goes up to $50 about six hours before the event. See the full list of Northerly Island concert dates at the end of this listing.
Currently. Balbo is closed through Grant Park.
Through July 19. An attraction set up in the south Soldier Field parking lot could occasionally slow traffic at the Lake Shore Drive 18th St. exits for the Museum Campus.
Sunday, July 21, until 11 a.m. The Lake Shore Drive 18th Street exit ramps in both directions will be closed for a 10K race, as will sections of Museum Campus Drive. From northbound LSD, use Waldron Drive to get to Shedd. Southbound drivers will have to exit at 31st Street, turn around and get back on northbound LSD. Use McFetridge Drive when you leave.
Saturday, Aug. 3, 4:30 pm.. A Bears fan event at Soldier Field means $25 parking all day plus heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the Museum Campus toward the end of Shedd's hours. See below for preseason game dates and parking impacts.
Northerly Island concerts. The parking fee for the Soldier Field north garage goes up to $50 around noon on each date (unless otherwise stated in specific listings above). Expect increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic from late afternoon on along with possible street closures.
July 21, 27, 28, 31, Aug. 10, 14, 17, 30, 31, Sept. 7, 20
Bears preseason games. Soldier Field north garage parking (probably the only kind available) goes from $25 to $50 six hours before game time. Plan your arrival accordingly.
Aug. 8, 7 p.m.; Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m.; Aug 24, 6 p.m.;
Aug 29, 7 p.m.