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Getting to Chicago's Museum Campus

BY BOAT

Shoreline Sightseeing Water Taxi

A fun way to get to the Museum Campus is to take Shoreline Sightseeing Water Taxi's Lake Route from Willis Tower or Navy Pier, which lets you off right at Shedd Aquarium. Taxis depart every 20-30 minutes, weather and customer traffic permitting. Tickets: Monday-Thursday, $8 adults, $4 children; Friday-Sunday and holidays;  $10 adults, $5 children.

PARKING

Limited street parking is available on Solidarity Drive. The pay-to-park boxes operate Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. They accept coins and credit cards. Parking costs $2 an hour.

Alternatively, try one of these parking garages:

Soldier Field north garage 
Open from 5 a.m. weekdays/6 a.m. weekends to 8 p.m.
First 4 hours: $20
4 to 12 hours: $25
12 to 24 hours: $45

Field Museum east parking lot
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Drivers can always exit after closing hours. 
Flat rate of $25

Adler Planetarium lot (east end of Solidarity Drive)
Admission is occasionally on a cash-only basis.
Day rate: $20
Night rate: $13
Early bird: $11

CTA

CTA Damen Blue Line

CTA’s # 146 Bus to Museum Campus
Operates daily until around 11:35 p.m.  
Please note that there is another route of the #146 Bus (Harrison/State) that will not take you all the way to Shedd. Please make sure the bus is labeled as going to Museum Campus.

CTA’s #130 Bus eastbound
Operates between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day only. 
Best for those heading from State Street downtown, North Michigan Ave. or the north side of Chicago.
Best bet for Metra or Amtrak users! Buses leave Union/Ogilvie stations between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The last #130 bus leaves Shedd at 6 p.m.

From O'Hare Airport:
Board the Blue Line CTA train and exit at Washington, where you can grab the southbound #146 bus on State Street.

From the south side of Chicago or from Midway Airport:
Board CTA bus #6 Jackson Park Express (daily) and exit at 11th Street and Columbus Drive, across from the Museum Campus. Or board the Orange or Green Line CTA train toward the Loop and exit at the Roosevelt Road/Museum Campus station, where you can transfer to the #146 Museum Campus bus.

From State Street downtown, North Michigan Avenue, or the north side of Chicago:
Board the southbound CTA bus #146 Marine-Michigan to the Museum Campus (daily) or board the Red, Orange, or Green Line CTA train toward the Loop and exit at the Roosevelt Road/Museum Campus station, where you can transfer to the #146 Museum Campus bus.

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METRA

Union Station exterior

Union Station
(Memorial Day through Labor Day midmorning through early evening only)
Board the eastbound #130 bus at Jackson and the river. Please view the #130 schedule for more information. 

For all other times, walk to Canal and Adams/Jackson and take the #28 bus toward Olive Harvey. Exit at 1100 S. Columbus (pedestrian underpass). Follow the signs through the Museum Campus and walk approximately 10 minutes to Shedd Aquarium. Please view the #28 schedule for more information.

Ogilvie Transportation Center
(Memorial Day through Labor Day midmorning through early evening only)
Board the eastbound #130 bus south on Clinton at Washington. Please view the #130 schedule for details.

For all other times, walk to Clinton and Madison and take the number J14 bus toward 103rd/Stony Island. Exit at 1100 S. Columbus (pedestrian underpass). Follow the signs through the Museum Campus and walk approximately 10 minutes to Shedd Aquarium. Please view the J14 schedule for detailed information.

Van Buren Station 
Board the #146 bus at State and Van Buren towards Museum Campus. Exit at Shedd Aquarium. Please view the #146 schedule for more information.

Millennium Station
Board the #146 bus at State and Washington towards Museum Campus. Exit at Shedd Aquarium. Please view the #146 schedule for more information.

LaSalle Street Station
Board the #146 bus at State and Harrison toward the Museum Campus. Exit at Shedd Aquarium. Please view the #146 schedule for more information.

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