59 Northerly Island Tips
- Shuttle to/from lot 11
- Take public transit 8
- Park in lot 5
- Food and drinks for purchase 2
Take the museum campus bus 146 from downtown and then take the free shuttle out to the exhibit area. It’s a hike, but walkable.
Very small snack bar, but the sandwiches were good. A little pricey
Parking in the closest lot cost more than it said it would cost when I looked online. Not many options, so be prepared to pay whatever it costs. About $20.00.
Better experience when the exhibition isn't so crowded. If you have a choice, go on a weekday.
There's a small lot at the bottom of the drive, right by the entrance to the exhibit grounds. $20, same as the Adler Planetarium Lot, but couldn't be closer than in this one! Pay to Park machine.
if you drive, use the lot for Northerly island. Otherwise take the 146 bus. Either way, do use the shuttle. It's a long walk to the venue and 90 minutes on your feet (there are a few places to sit) once inside.
On a nice day, the walk along the lake back to the Adler parking lot is gorgeous!
Park at the Adler Planetarium lot if available. $11 to park if you get there before 9:30am and the trolley to take you there was easy to get to and the ride was a fun free bonus.
wear comfortable shoes, a lot of walking. Use the restrooms before you enter the exhibit, it is approx 2 hours long and there are no restrooms once you enter.
TAKE BUS #146 FROM STATE & WASHINGTON TO THE EXHIBIT. WORKED GREAT.
Parking is limited in this area and prepare to pay. The Planetarium lot is the closest, but fills fast. Soldier Field and the Aquarium have parking as well. If you park in one of these two lots there is a free trolley that will shuttle you to the exhibit. Parking varies for Soldier Field, I believe on dates and events in the area but we paid $25.
Wear comfy shoes and use the bathroom before heading in. You can part at the Adler planetarium and they will shuttle you over to the exhibition at no cost. You can Uber from the loop for under $10. Give yourself 90+ minutes to see the entire exhibit.
Good snacks but there should be plates and reusable cups. The dining isn’t very green.
There is a lovely kiosk south of the planetarium at the beach with a flowery patio to enjoy in good weather. Dighful oasis before returning to the city.
Use the free trolley between the parking lots and the venue, even if you use public transit.
There are no bathrooms once you enter the exhibit, so use the ones in the entry hall first! The gift shop is small but has some fun items.
Hamilton: The Exhibition
Ride your bike if you can great views of the city and lakefront. Bike rack available to lock up and a security guard is stationed next to the rack.
take a lyft (difficult to find) or take the shuttle, it is a long walk even after you get off from the shuttle