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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Park Pals to Lucas Lovers: Pants On Fire!
May13

Park Pals to Lucas Lovers: Pants On Fire!

The latest salvo in the ongoing legal battle over the placement of the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has community group Friends of the Parks virtually daring Hollywood director George Lucas and his outspoken wife Mellody Hobson to move the institution to another city. In a 30 page court filing, FotP publicly doubts that the Lucas couple are so fed up with legal delays that they’re ready to ditch the Windy City in favor...

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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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Thanks For Nothing: Parking Lot Preservation Prevails, Lucas’ Lady Lashes Luddites
May03

Thanks For Nothing: Parking Lot Preservation Prevails, Lucas’ Lady Lashes Luddites

The proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is another step toward leaving Chicago behind. In a strongly-worded statement today, Mellody Hobson, the wife of Hollywood director George Lucas, lashed out at those who looked her husband’s $700 million gift horse in the mouth. We are now seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago.  If the museum is forced to leave, it will be because of the Friends of the Parks The museum is in a...

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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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Powerful Parks Group Non-Committal on Rahm’s Lucas Museum Plan
Apr20

Powerful Parks Group Non-Committal on Rahm’s Lucas Museum Plan

Fresh from scuttling Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans for a new $700 million museum along Chicago’s lakefront, neighborhood group Friends of the Parks is taking something of a verbal victory lap. Hizzonor has apparently abandoned plans to place the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in a parking lot near Soldier Field, and is now willing to lay down McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center as the sacrificial lamb, hoping to appease...

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