Federal lawsuit filed against George Lucas Museum proposal

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A group that’s strongly opposed to the George Lucas museum being built along the lakefront filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday.

“Friends of the Park” named the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District in the lawsuit.

The non-profit claims Lucas is receiving special treatment, and the museum would violate state doctrine, which protects the lakefront from private development.

The museum would be seven stories high, and cover 17 acres between Soldier Field and McCormick Place. It’s estimated to cost $400 million.

“What this suit is intended to do is to ensure that the lakefront is protected in the future. There’s not that much space left, and we have to hold on and fight for what we have,” said Tom Geoghegan, Attorney.

City Hall has pointed out the museum is meant to benefit the public. It says it hasn’t seen the lawsuit.



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  • anne

    I think people would be thrilled with a Lucas Museum—but to plan such a large building and especially on protected park land is a bad idea. Back to the drawing board, George.