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Directions & Parking

MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive is a celebration of healthy, sustainable transportation. To prolong this great experience, we encourage you to leave the car at home. Instead of driving, please consider biking, using public transit or carpooling to reach the event.

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If you need some advice on getting around car-free, check out the Regional Transportation Authority’s web-based Goroo trip planner. The trip planner allows you to plan trips in the Chicago region using trains and buses (CTA, Metra, and Pace). It also gives driving, biking and walking directions.

By bike

When arriving at the starting point via the Lakefront Trail after 5 a.m., please cross under Lake Shore Drive at Randolph Street or at the Museum Campus and ride on Columbus Drive to the start/finish area. For your safety, you will not be allowed to cross over Lake Shore Drive at Monroe Street, Jackson Boulevard or Balbo Drive.

By transit

Hop on your bike and pedal downtown for the event! You can also take your bike on trains and buses operated by CTA, Metra and Pace. (Most Metra lines offer one or more trains into Loop in time for the event. Goroo will help lead the way.)

Our friends at the CTA are relaxing their 2 bikes per car policy for the event, 3:00 AM – 2:00 PM. We hope a lot of you will take transit, so please help make boarding faster by distributing large groups amongst the cars. If the train’s too filled – the conductor may instruct you to take the next one. 

By car

Keep in mind, Lake Shore Drive will be closed to car traffic at 5 a.m.

    >> Carpooling: Combine your trips to cut down on traffic and expenses.

    >> Park & Ride: Drive to your local transit station and park there. This is often an easier and more affordable parking option.  

     >> Drop-offs: Unload your riders and their bikes anytime between 4 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the Congress Circle at Michigan Avenue.
 


Park at Soldier Field’s North Garage for the event and pay only $13.

Thanks to the Chicago Park District and Standard Parking, you can reserve a parking space and pre-pay for your parking at this great $13 discounted rate (pre-paid parking is $13 plus an additional $3.00 service fee). Click here to reserve your space. Pre-paid parking allows access to the garage any time during the day.

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You can purchase a $13 same-day non-reserved parking space on a first-come, first-serve basis that's good for up to 12 hours. Cash or credit card payment will be accepted at the garage. Pay the $13 parking rate on the day of the event only if you enter the garage between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 26.  After 10 a.m. the rate will be $19 for less than 4 hours and $22 for 4 -12 hours.

Here is a printable map showing the location of the North Garage. If you have additional questions, please call the Click and Park Customer Service Hotline at 866.330.PARK ext. 7275, or go to www.soldierfieldparking.com. For general parking questions, call the Soldier Field Parking Hotline at 312.235.7724, or visit the website above.

Before the 5:00 AM Lake Shore Drive closure time – you can access the Soldier Field lot via:

North Garage Access

From the North: South on LSD (or southbound on Columbus Drive) to the 18th Street/Museum Campus Drive exit, access is from the far right lane only. Proceed to the 31st Street exit and turn around. At 18th Street/Museum Campus Drive, turn left at the bottom of the ramp, under the viaduct and proceed straight to Museum Campus Drive, past Waldron Drive to the North Garage entrance which is on the left at the northeast corner of Soldier Field (just north of gate 44).

From the South: North on LSD past McCormick Place; stay to the right as you approach the 18th Street/Museum Campus Drive exit. Follow the 18th Street exit to the bottom of the ramp and turn right onto Museum Campus Drive. Proceed on Museum Campus Drive past Waldron Drive to the North Garage entrance which is on the left at the northeast corner of Soldier Field (just north of gate 44).

From the West: Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) eastbound until it turns into Congress Parkway. Continue on eastbound to Michigan Avenue, turn right, southbound to Roosevelt. Turn left, eastbound on to Roosevelt and right to the southbound Lake Shore Drive on ramp. Proceed to the 18th Street/Museum Campus Drive exit, the first exit on the right after you pass Soldier Field. Access to the 18th Street/Museum Campus Drive exit is from the far right lane only. At 18th Street/Museum Campus Drive, turn left at the bottom of the ramp, under the viaduct and straight ahead to Museum Campus Drive. Drive past Waldron Drive to the North Garage entrance on the left at the northeast corner of Soldier Field (just north of gate 44).

After the complete closure of Lake Shore Drive, access the Soldier Field garage during the event via eastbound I-55; the detour and barricades will guide you north along the easternmost lane north to 18th.

Or from Roosevelt Avenue, the detour and barricades will guide you south along the westernmost lane to 18th.


For additional discounted parking options from Standard Parking at the Adler Lot or near our north and south rest stops, please click here


Here are a few other parking garage options. Keep in mind, though, these do not offer special pricing. Always be aware of parking garage clearance heights if you stow your bike on the roof of your car. Contact the following facilities for hours, cost and overhead clearance by calling 312.616.0600:

     >> Grant Park North Garage; Accessible directly from Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Madison streets.

     >> Grant Park South Garage; Accessible directly from Michigan Avenue between Congress and Jackson streets.
     
     >> The Millennium Park Garage; Accessible only from southbound Columbus Drive between Randolph and Monroe streets.

Check out more parking options.

GPS coordinates for the Jackson/Columbus starting point:
N 41° 52.780 W 087° 37.482
16T E 448166 N 4636604