Before you drive, check the Shedd Aquarium traffic alerts page. Shedd, which is next door to the Field Museum, will post upcoming concerts and other events nearby that may impact traffic and parking in the area.
Although the entrance to the museum is well off Lake Shore Drive, the official address 1400 Lake Shore Drive should work for most GPS systems. If that tries to bring you to a location actually on Lake Shore Drive, try 480 E McFetridge Drive instead, which will put you roughly in front of the museum.
Most routes from the south will eventually put you onto Lake Shore Drive, from which you'll turn right onto McFetridge. Routes from the north will put you onto Columbus Ave where you'll turn left onto McFetridge. When coming from the north, there will be two lanes turning left onto McFetridge, and when there's a long line you can sometimes sneak around cars who only think there's one lane (but only if you see a gap behind that second lane). If traffic is really backed up at that left turn, you can use the exit for 18th that is just south of McFetridge (when coming from the north, continue straight on Columbus which will take you onto Lake Shore Drive, and 18th is the first exit on the right). Using 18th is a little round-about, but it will get you to the same place and allow you to pass the long lines waiting to turn on McFetridge.
See the parking page for the three main options for parking, and when each one is best. Expand the More Information below for information about routes to get you closer to Lake Shore.
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