Lucas museum design, plan detailed to citizens in 1st public meeting

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CHICAGO -- A crowd of about 100 people gathered at Columbia College's Conaway Center, where they were given about an hour long formal presentation of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

The museum’s cost is tagged at $300 million dollars, all paid for by George Lucas.

The design resembles a spaceship inspired by famed architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van Der Rohe -- both of whom had strong ties to Chicago:  a 400,000-square-foot building made from concrete and steel complete with a 360-degree-view circular observation deck and restaurants open and free to the public.

Located south of Soldier Field on an existing parking lot, the place would house a visual art center, film museum, education center and three theaters, among other amenities.

Governor Rauner has already signed legislation allowing the public land to be developed for private purposes. If approved the park district would lease the land for 99 years at a cost of $10.

Supporters Tuesday cited the hundreds of jobs that would be created and the money that would be pumped into the Chicago economy -- which some estimate as much is $2 billion over the first 10 years.

Opponents don't dislike the idea of a Lucas museum, just that it's being built on public lakefront land.