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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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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