Now that the Lucas Museum of Cultural Arts is officially happening, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make sure that Museum Campus doesn't turn into a crowded mess. He's asked transit experts and everyone involved with the area to come up with a plan to make it easier for people to make their way there by foot, bicycle, car, or maybe even boat. Once the Lucas museum arrives, it will join the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Northerly Island, and Soldier Field in a single cluster of some of the city's busiest tourist destinations, which may lead to some crushing bottlenecks.
Some of the ideas that the Lucas site selection committee already floated included a new trolley service to shuttle passengers between the Loop and the campus, improving bike paths between the campus and Grant Park, easier street interchanges around Roosevelt Road and 18th Street, and even public boat access in Burnham Harbor, but Rahm wants more ideas. Funding for any changes will likely come out of the city's coffers, because while the Lucas museum is intended to be built without taxpayer help, city infrastructure improvements would benefit the entire Museum Campus area and Chicago itself.
·Emanuel wants plan to ease museum campus bottleneck [Chicago Sun-Times]
·Previous Lucas museum coverage [Curbed Chicago]