Lucas Museum Lawsuit Paused, But is it Too Little Too Late?
May03

Lucas Museum Lawsuit Paused, But is it Too Little Too Late?

This morning, the activist group Friends of the Parks put out a statement telling the world that it has stayed its lawsuit opposing the construction of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on a parking lot south of Soldier Field.  The move comes after Mayor Rahm Emanuel posited that it might be possible to demolish the McCormick Place convention center’s Lakeside Center building and put the museum there. The group was very specific...

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Chicago’s Lucas Museum Cleared to Make the Kessel Run in Less Than Twelve Parsecs
Oct29

Chicago’s Lucas Museum Cleared to Make the Kessel Run in Less Than Twelve Parsecs

Though it was largely seen as an exercise in Chicago rubber-stamp politics, there was an unusual level of anticipation and tension yesterday as the Chicago City Council gave its formal approval to the construction of the Lucas Museum for Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront. Several weeks after another online news outlet proclaimed the $700 million project received its “final” approval, the futuristic-looking...

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Eviscerating the Tauntaun: Inside the Proposed Lucas Museum
Sep28

Eviscerating the Tauntaun: Inside the Proposed Lucas Museum

A lot of pixels have been lit (the modern equivalent of spilling ink) since it was first announced that legendary Hollywood filmmaker George Lucas wants to build a new museum in Chicago.  Keyboards started clacking even more furiously when a slice of public lakefront land was offered to the science fiction pace setter for a token amount. Whether the lakefront lease for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a good idea or a bad idea is...

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Jabba Goes on a Diet: New Lucas Museum Design 25% Svelter
Sep18

Jabba Goes on a Diet: New Lucas Museum Design 25% Svelter

A new design has been released for the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which may one day rise on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago.  If you can’t tell the difference between the current proposal and the previous one, that’s OK — the changes are visually subtle. The big alteration is in the size of the project, now with a footprint reduced by 25% amid criticism from those who believe its footprint in...

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Hate Lucas on the Lakefront? This Will Make You Lose Your Mind
Feb04

Hate Lucas on the Lakefront? This Will Make You Lose Your Mind

This is the fourth episode of our Chicago Neverbuilt series where we celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. ~~There are a lot of people foaming at the mouth lately about the placement of the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.  Some people hate the design.  Some people hate the location.  Some people hate both.  For those of you not happy...

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Better Than a Parking Lot, But Is This the Museum Chicago’s Looking For?
Nov04

Better Than a Parking Lot, But Is This the Museum Chicago’s Looking For?

  The people behind the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have released their vision of a new lakefront home.  The controversial museum would be located near Soldier Field in the Chicago’s Museum Campus.  Preservationists see the construction of any new structure along the city’s downtown shoreline as an affront, pushing instead to protect the surface parking lot which currently occupies the site. The early drawings of...

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Chicago’s Lucas Museum: Still “Iconic,” and now “Organic.”
Oct18

Chicago’s Lucas Museum: Still “Iconic,” and now “Organic.”

It’s been almost three months since we heard anything official from George Lucas and the organizers of the Museum of Narrative Art he plans to build in Chicago’s Museum Campus.  But the Chicago Architecture Blog was in the house when Mr. Lucas, himself, started spilling tantalizing little beans about the lakefront project. Speaking to Charlie Rose as part of Chicago Ideas Week, the Tribune reports that Mr. Lucas has very...

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Lucas Picks a Pair of Rising Starchitects for His Chicago Lakefront Museum
Jul28

Lucas Picks a Pair of Rising Starchitects for His Chicago Lakefront Museum

They wanted iconic.  They wanted different.  And it seems the people behind the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have picked talent matching those parameters to design the new museum on Chicago’s Lakefront. First up is a known local quantity.  Jeanne Gang burst onto Chicago’s architectural scene with her beautiful-on-the-outside, mediocre-on-the-inside tower Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive).  Aqua’s undulating...

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Dagobah on the Lake: Chicago Is The Droid George Lucas Was Looking For
Jun24

Dagobah on the Lake: Chicago Is The Droid George Lucas Was Looking For

Tuesday afternoon, Chicago’s media outlets fell all over each other to be the first to report that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (formerly the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum) is coming to Chicago.  While most media outlets branded their story “exclusive” or “first” or “breaking,” it looks like it was Michael Sneed at the Sun-Times who actually got the scoop and published it first. Everyone is...

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Status Update: Kiddie Camping Coming to Northerly Island
Jun17

Status Update: Kiddie Camping Coming to Northerly Island

Recent aerial photograph of Northerly Island, courtesy of the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor Drawing of the future Northerly Island, courtesy of the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor There was more than sand dunes and waterfowl on Northerly Island this morning. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined architect Jeanne Gang and others for a status up date on the massive terraforming project.     The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, working...

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