Shedd Aquarium is located on Chicago’s Museum Campus. This dynamic shared site hosts a variety of special events that can affect traffic and parking. To start your day at Shedd on a relaxing note, check this page before each visit so you can plan ahead for changes in parking or traffic.
Special events and special rates
In addition to any dates listed below, parking at the Soldier Field north garage can be the special-event rate of $30, payable on entry with credit card or cash, on any day without notice.
Sunday, Nov. 24. Bears game at noon. Parking at the Soldier Field north garage will be $50 at least through 1:30, after which it may drop to $30. See FAQs below for more parking and traffic info. As always, expect more vehicle and pedestrian traffic before and after the game. If you can, take public transportation.
Through Nov. 16, Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Fall bridge lifts. When incoming sailboats are present at these times, the Lake Shore Drive bridge over the Chicago River will be raised. Because of construction on the LSD bridge, the lift here could take as long as 45 minutes, so CDOT will route traffic off LSD in both directions beginning at the start time. Expect LSD traffic to back up quickly as shorter bridge lifts, estimated at eight to 12 minutes, progress up the main stem (Columbus, Michigan, Wabash, etc.). Please plan your drive to Shedd on southbound LSD accordingly. The day before the Wednesday or Saturday you want to visit, you can check the city's schedule to see if the lift that day is confirmed. Also watch for signs on southbound LSD and exit at Michigan or Illinois if necessary. If you do have to sit out a bridge lift, please turn off your car's engine to help keep our air and water cleaner.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:20 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 22, 7:15 p.m. Bears games. Parking at the Soldier Field north garage will increase from $30 to $50 around 1:15. See FAQs below for more parking and traffic info. As always, expect more vehicle and pedestrian traffic before and after the game. If you can, take public transportation.
Yes, ATMs are available in the Soldier Field North Garage.
When the special-event fee is in effect, it often means parking on Solidarity Drive is prohibited. When no parking signs are posted on the street, they are strictly enforced.
All fee changes are announced ahead of time, especially during the summer. However, rates and hours for all lots and garages are subject to change without notice. All Museum Campus parking is owned by the Chicago Park District and managed by Standard Parking. For the most current parking information, visit soldierfieldparking.com.
On the day of Chicago Bears home games and other major special events, we strongly recommend taking public transportation.
If you drive, you'll pay a higher, special-event parking rate as you enter at all available Museum Campus parking facilities. If the game starts at 7:30 p.m., parking will cost $30 until around 1:30, when it goes up to $50. When the game starts at noon, parking will be $50 when Shedd opens. The rate could drop to $30 by 1 or 1:30.
For exact day-of information on rate changes, call the Soldier Field north garage at 312-235-7701. Parking will be prohibited on Solidarity Drive. Expect traffic congestion throughout the Museum Campus. Rerouting for traffic entering and leaving the campus is a strong possibility.
If you use the Soldier Field north garage, expect delays on game days as cars are inspected with a metal detector before entering. You'll have to pop your trunk or hatch, too. Add 10 or more minutes to your travel time if you arriving for an Extraordinary Experience.
If you have accessibility needs, please contact us at 312-939-2438 for additional information about getting to Shedd.