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.
Friday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special Olympics celebration at Soldier Field. Expect additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the area.
Friday, July 20, 8 p.m. Soccer match at Soldier Field. Expect parking to be $50 by 2 p.m. and tons of people to be arriving by Shedd's closing time, with heavy traffic congestion and possibly rerouted exit from the Museum Campus. A good day for public transit!
Sunday, July 22, until 11 a.m. Museum Campus street closures for a marathon. Here's how to get to Shedd: From northbound Lake Shore Drive, exit right at Waldron Drive and proceed to parking. From southbound LSD, drive past the Museum Campus and exit at Oakwood Boulevard. Turn left, then left again to merge onto northbound LSD. Exit right at Waldron Drive and proceed to parking. To exit the Museum Campus, use McFetridge to get onto northbound LSD, even if you want to go south. For southbound drivers, make a legal U-turn at Balbo.
It's concert season at the Museum Campus. The special-event parking rate of $25 is in effect at the garage and all lots on days when there is a concert at Soldier Field or Northerly Island; it usually goes up to $50 six hours before the event. Concerts draw thousands of additional people to the Museum Campus, so expect extra traffic congestion (usually in the evening) and lots of pedestrians. Here's the schedule through August:
Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug.11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 12, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25, noon. Bears preseason game. See below for traffic and parking specifics.
Thursday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. Bears preseason game. See below for specifics.