Lucas Wars: The Esquires Strike Back

Revised rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Courtesy of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)

Revised rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Courtesy of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)

Late last week we showed you the latest design renderings for the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the lakefront.

In response, Friends of the Parks, the group that is suing to block the museum, put out what may be the shortest press release in Chicago news history:

“The new design doesn’t change Friends of the Parks’ position. The problem is not the design. It’s the placement of this private institution on public trust land. Our legal challenge is moving forward,” said Lauren Moltz of Friends of the Parks.

FotP doesn’t just have it in for Mr. Lucas and his promotion of childhood imagination well into adulthood. They are against ANY new buildings along the lakefront.

Supporters say the new museum is a gift that shouldn’t be rejected and point out that it replaces a surface parking lot, not any green space.

FotP counters that there should not be any more development in Chicago’s precious parks which are slowly being nibbled away by special interests like the Barack Obama Presidential Library. It claims to have the weight of the law and a state Supreme Court ruling on its side.

Both sides will be back in court November 10.

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