Lucas Museum Gets Design Update, Still Not Coming to Chicago
May08

Lucas Museum Gets Design Update, Still Not Coming to Chicago

The day after the Obama Foundation unveiled its preliminary design for the Obama Presidential Center’s Jackson Park campus, the Lucas Museum unveiled a revised vision for its Museum of Narrative Art. While the Obama museum will eat a large chunk of public park in Chicago, the city is safe from any such incursions by the Lucas Museum because it is still being built in Los Angeles, after being forced out of Chicago by… well,...

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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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Lucas Museum Gets a West Coast Makeover: Smoother, Curvier, More Elegant
Oct27

Lucas Museum Gets a West Coast Makeover: Smoother, Curvier, More Elegant

The museum that Chicago cast out is homing in on a new place to put down roots.  The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has released information and renderings of the two leading proposals for its new building — one in Los Angeles, and one in San Francisco. Both buildings retail the stark-white-and-curvy sci-fi aesthetic from the original Chicago design.  They also do what they can to simulate a building in a park, within the constraints...

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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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Video: The Translucent Lucas Museum That Might Have Been
Jul06

Video: The Translucent Lucas Museum That Might Have Been

  With the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art seeking its fortune out west, one of the firms that put together an idea for the Chicago version of the building has released its proposal for the public to see. AF Asia has the scoopage on OMA’s effort which involves an elevated platform covered in a thin translucent membrane.  At night, the building’s interior lighting would make the entire structure seem to glow like a...

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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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