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George Lucas Gains Approval for Museum in Chicago

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | November 03, 2015

George Lucas Gains Approval for Museum in Chicago

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After a long legal battle with conservationists, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has won the right to build a new museum in Chicago, Illinois.

In a report from the Houston Chronicle, Chicago’s city council voted to approve the plans recently to build the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum near Soldier Field sports stadium and Lake Michigan.

The museum is expected to house Lucas’ art collection and movie memorabilia from his career.

When Lucas announced intentions to build his museum in Chicago, he faced backlash from local organizations such as park conservationist group ‘Friends of the Parks. The organization filed a lawsuit against city officials at the Chicago Park District last year to stop the destruction of the park currently located at the site Lucas and his team are aiming to build the facility.

While the city council did approve the plans for the new museum, there are also a few concessions that have to be made. Construction on the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum must also include “extra parking spaces for sports fans and the addition of park space close to Lake Michigan.”

Conservationists have sworn to continue fighting the approval, but Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel was buzzing about the project. He told the Houston Chronicle, “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be an incredible addition to Chicago’s Museum Campus. The Lucas Museum will join the 56 other museums in Chicago to provide new cultural and educational benefits for generations to come. And the new parkland will add more open greenspace that will be enjoyed by residents across the city.”

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