TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side
Jun30

TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side

After months of anticipation, the Obama Foundation has decided in which direction it wants to go with the Barack Obama Presidential Center: TWBTA out of New York and IDEA in Chicago. You may know TWBTA (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects) from such projects as the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum.  Locally, IDEA was the architect of record for Renzo Piano’s Art Institute of...

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The Lucas Museum Decision: In Their Own Words
Jun24

The Lucas Museum Decision: In Their Own Words

For posterity, here is the full announcement from the Lucas Museum that it will not locate in Chicago, followed by the response from Friends of the Parks, and the response from the Mayor’s office. Lucas Museum Statement Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Withdraws from Chicago Museum will be built in California The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced today that in light of extensive delays caused by Friends of the Parks, Chicago...

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Lucas Leaves Lake for Left Coast, Park Pals Prevail [u]
Jun24

Lucas Leaves Lake for Left Coast, Park Pals Prevail [u]

After more than a year of wrangling in the halls of justice and the court of public opinion, it’s finally official: Chicago has lost the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The Hollywood director put out a statement this afternoon making it absolutely clear who is responsible for Chicago not getting his $700 million gift: The Friends of the Parks. In light of extensive delays caused by FOTP, Chicago no longer will be considered a...

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Still Holding Lucas Museum Hostage, Park Pals Have Ransom Demand List
Jun20

Still Holding Lucas Museum Hostage, Park Pals Have Ransom Demand List

After nearly suing the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art out of existence, Crain’s Chicago Business reports that gadfly group Friends of the Parks has a list of what it wants from the city in exchange for dropping the lawsuit. Crain’s describes the enumeration as a “wish list,” as if it was Ralphie asking Santa for an official a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.  But considering that the...

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Park Pals: “We Are Not Dropping the Lawsuit”
Jun10

Park Pals: “We Are Not Dropping the Lawsuit”

  This morning the Chicago Sun-Times published a report indicating that it was likely the advocacy group Friends of the Parks would drop its lawsuit blocking the construction of the Lucas Museum for Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront.  The newspaper article described the board of the self-appointed guardians of the green as divided and spoke of a vote taken this past Wednesday. This morning, we received a statement from...

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Lucas Lives!  Maybe.  But It’ll Cost the City a Pretty Penny
Jun10

Lucas Lives! Maybe. But It’ll Cost the City a Pretty Penny

Well, that was quick. Just hours after publishing an article about how Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have come up with a trade that would have the Friends of the Parks advocacy group drop its lawsuit blocking the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the city’s largest newspaper (suck it, Trib) broke news again with word that FotP may finally back off. Friends of the Parks has tied up the $700 million Lucas Museum in court for...

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Mayor Emanuel Offers Lucas Museum Blockers Another Carrot
Jun09

Mayor Emanuel Offers Lucas Museum Blockers Another Carrot

Desperate to keep Hollywood movie director George Lucas from building his museum on the west coast, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has come up with another offer he hopes Friends of the Parks won’t refuse: Enough new parkland to complete Chicago’s lakefront green belt from Evanston to Indiana. It has long been the goal of Friends of the Parks and other organizations to have a continuous greenway running along the Lake Michigan...

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Another TLA Backs the Lucas Museum, If That Helps At All
Jun07

Another TLA Backs the Lucas Museum, If That Helps At All

The head of a national museum group is throwing her weight behind building the proposed, but looking more and more unlikely, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago.  Laura Lott, the C.E.O. of the American Alliance of Museums calls the $700 million project “a golden opportunity for the community”  in a statement posted on the Lucas Museum’s website. The museum project is currently in limbo, with gadflies Friends of...

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Chicago Luminaries Publicly Support Lucas Museum… Now That it’s Gone
May09

Chicago Luminaries Publicly Support Lucas Museum… Now That it’s Gone

As George Lucas, his museum, and a $700 million investment in the city of Chicago slip into the distance, two groups of prominent Chicagoans are publicly voicing support for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Where were they six months ago? In separate letters to the editor of the city’s largest newspaper, the heads of ten top Chicago museums, and the board of the Chicago Architecture Foundation all pledged their public support...

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The City Strikes Back: Rahm Asks Feds to Blast Lakefront Endor Dream, Save Lucas Museum
May04

The City Strikes Back: Rahm Asks Feds to Blast Lakefront Endor Dream, Save Lucas Museum

From a legal perspective, it’s like watching a space battle scene from Star Wars.  In reality, it’s a paperwork fight between the City of Chicago and Friends of the Parks. The latest salvo comes from the city, which this morning asked a federal appeals court not only to take over the lawsuit filed by Friends of the Parks to keep the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art out of a Soldier Field parking lot, but to also...

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