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.
Sunday, May 26, 5 to 10:30 a.m. Bike the Drive. Lake Shore Drive will be closed to motorized vehicles in both directions between Hollywood and 57th Street most of the morning. If you can, take public transportation, which will be rerouted to get to the Museum Campus, so allow extra time. If you are driving, here's how to get to Shedd: From eastbound Roosevelt Road, take the entrance ramp to southbound LSD to the 18th exit, turn left under the Drive and take Museum Campus Drive to the Soldier Field north garage or other parking of your choice. From eastbound I-55, follow the detour and barricades to the easternmost lane, which will take you to the 18th exit and the Museum Campus.
Through June 29, Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Scheduled Chicago River bridge lifts. The sailboats are migrating back to the lake, and more than two dozen bridges across the river will be going up and down, stopping traffic for at least 10 minutes at a time. Lake Shore Drive is the last one on the spring migration route, probably sometime between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, around noon or 12:30 on Saturdays. Plan your arrival to Shedd accordingly. If you do get stuck behind a raised bascule bridge, please make a difference for clean air and water by turning off your engine.
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.