Compromise or Catastrophe? Latest Lucas Museum Plan Saves Parking Lot, Destroys Lakeside Center
Apr16

Compromise or Catastrophe? Latest Lucas Museum Plan Saves Parking Lot, Destroys Lakeside Center

Once again, the Chicago Sun-Times is out in front on the controversy over the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, planned for Chicago’s lakefront. The newspaper reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to demolish the McCormick Place Lakeside Center, and build the new museum on its foundations. Rahm is eager to move the project forward because Hollywood director George Lucas is getting itchy feet. There are reports that he’s...

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Grant Park Shields Still Up, Lucas Museum in Holding Pattern
Feb17

Grant Park Shields Still Up, Lucas Museum in Holding Pattern

The surface parking lot in Grant Park along Chicago’s beloved lakefront will live a little longer.  A federal judge has delayed ruling on a challenge to the injunction preventing construction from starting on the Lucas Museum for Narrative Art, which is slated to replace the parking lot. Community group Friends of the Parks was granted the injunction last year.  It keeps construction crews from starting work on the $700 million...

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The Top 10 Chicago Architecture Stories of 2015
Dec28

The Top 10 Chicago Architecture Stories of 2015

If there’s one thing that newsrooms hate, it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  Hardly anything ever happens.  Lots of people are on vacation.  Many businesses are closed.  And for the most part, the world behaves itself.  That’s why year-in-review pieces are so popular right about now. In light of that, here is our year-in-review piece: A list of the most viewed Chicago Architecture stories of...

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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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Lucas Wars: The Esquires Strike Back
Sep21

Lucas Wars: The Esquires Strike Back

Late last week we showed you the latest design renderings for the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the lakefront. In response, Friends of the Parks, the group that is suing to block the museum, put out what may be the shortest press release in Chicago news history: “The new design doesn’t change Friends of the Parks’ position. The problem is not the design. It’s the placement of this private institution on public trust land....

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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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