The Empire Strikes Back: Lucas Museum Returning To Chicago
Apr01

The Empire Strikes Back: Lucas Museum Returning To Chicago

After losing a hard-fought battle to land his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in the Windy City, Hollywood Director George Lucas has unveiled what can only be considered “Plan D” — another attempt to build his showpiece legacy in Chicago. Or at least near Chicago. You’ll remember that Plan A was to build the Lucas Museum in San Francisco, but the visionary behind such motion picture staples as American Graffiti and...

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Lucas Lands in L.A.; CHI, SFO Miss Out on Billion Dollar Bonanza
Jan11

Lucas Lands in L.A.; CHI, SFO Miss Out on Billion Dollar Bonanza

The museum that Chicago didn’t want now finally has a home.  After a two-year search, the board of directors at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have decided to locate their new facility in Los Angeles. You’ll remember that Mr. Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, fought hard to locate the art and storytelling museum on the Chicago lakefront, but were eventually thwarted by a group of well-funded and well-connected BANANAs...

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Here’s Exactly What Chicago Missed Out On By Scaring the Lucas Museum Away
Sep06

Here’s Exactly What Chicago Missed Out On By Scaring the Lucas Museum Away

The noisy, messy, bloody summer battles over the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art are behind us, and this is now the season for healing. George took his gift horse and rode back to San Francisco, where according to local media reports, it is being welcomed with overwhelming support. Part of the reason the notion of the Lucas Museum failed to thrive here in Chicago is because so many people couldn’t get past the false idea that it...

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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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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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Lucas Museum Now a 3-Way Fight between Park Pals, Protesters, and sf.citi();
May21

Lucas Museum Now a 3-Way Fight between Park Pals, Protesters, and sf.citi();

  Protests in favor of the endangered Lucas Museum and against the Friends of the Parks organization seem to be increasing in number and size.  The first protest on May 4 may or may not have even happened, for all the media attention it got.  But the one this past Friday was well attended by local radio, television, online, and print media. In the video above shot by Rebel Force Radio, you can see the protest on the 19th outside...

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