Directions & Parking

Spectators are invited to enjoy free admission to the Summerfest Grounds beginning at 7:00 am at the South Gate, located on Polk Street. 


CPS Lake Lot
CPS is offering $5 parking per vehicle from 5:00 - 9:00 am in the Lake Lot.  Price goes back to posted rates after 9:00 am.  The lot is located at Chicago Street and Harbor Drive and access to the Lake Lot is available off Clybourn Avenue, Van Buren Street or Chicago Street.  The Lake Lot is located .4 miles from both the Start and Finish Lines. 

Third Ward Parking Structures
There are two parking structures in the Third Ward; one at the intersection of Chicago Street and Milwaukee Street, and the other at the intersection of Water Street and Erie Street.  Both will have complimentary parking until 9:00 am, courtesy of the Third Ward Association.  Access to the Chicago/Milwaukee Streets structure is off Milwaukee Street and is closest to the Start Line (about .1 miles) and is .6 miles from the Finish Line.  Access to the Water/Erie Streets structure is off Erie Street and is .2 miles from the Start Line and .6 miles from the Finish Line.

Downtown Auto Parking, LLC
In addition to the two structures offering complimentary parking, the following Downtown Auto Lots within 1-2 blocks from the Start Line will offer parking for $4 until 9:00 am: 143 N. Milwaukee Street, 151 N. Broadway Street, 153 N. Milwaukee Street, 170 N. Broadway Street, 200 N. Broadway Street, 235 E. Pittsburgh Street, and 331 N. Milwaukee Street.

Italian Community Center
The Italian Community Center (ICC) is located at 631 E. Chicago Street and is offering $5 parking from 5:00 -9:00 am.  Rates will go back to their normal weekend rates after 9:00 a.m.  Access to their lot is located off Jackson Street.  The ICC Lot is located .25 miles from the Start Line and .5 miles from the Finish Line.

O’Donnell Parking Structure
The O’Donnell Parking Structure located across from the Milwaukee Art Museum on Lincoln Memorial Drive will open at 5:00 am and parking will be $5 per vehicle until 7:00 am when the race starts.  Once the race begins, rates will go back to the normal weekend daily rate.  Access to the structure is off Michigan Street only (Lincoln Memorial Drive closed).  The O’Donnell Parking Structure is located .85 miles from the Start Line and .75 miles from the Finish Line.


In addition to those below, please check back in a few weeks to print out our Summerfest Rock `n Sole Run Road Closures Flyer for a complete list of all road closures for the run:

  • Lincoln Memorial Drive (LMD) will be closed in both directions from Michigan Street to Lake Drive starting at 7:00 am. 
  • Harbor Drive will be closed from 6:00  – 10:30 am from Michigan Street to Chicago Street.
  • Michigan Street is closed from 7:00  – 10:30 am from Van Buren Street all the way east to the Lake (including Cass Street) and will only be open to vehicles needing to access the O’Donnell Parking Structure; no through traffic onto Lincoln Memorial Drive.


Follow I-43 southbound and exit on I-794 East.  Go east on I-794 to Jackson/Van Buren Street exit on the right.  Turn right on Jackson Street to the Third Ward, ICC and parking.

North on Milwaukee Street to Clybourn Street.  Go left (west) on Clybourn to 2nd Street entrance to I-43 North/South.  Stay right on ramp to access I-43 North.

Follow I-94 north and exit at Lapham/Greenfield. Go east to 1st Street. Turn left on 1st Street and follow it north (turns into Water Street). 

North on Milwaukee Street to Clybourn Street.  Left (west) on Clybourn Street to 2nd Street entrance ramp to I-43 North/South.  Stay left on ramp to access I-43 South.

Take I-94 eastbound and exit at St. Paul/James Lovell.  Follow St. Paul east to Water Street.

North on Milwaukee Street to Clybourn Street.  Left (west) on Clybourn Street to 7th Street entrance ramp to I-794/I-94 West.

Directions Map

Road Closures and Restrictions