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Chicago Bears Holding Out for Better Deal on Lucas Museum

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While the Chicago Bears do support the idea of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art joining the city's Museum Campus, they seem to have issues with the museum taking over one of Soldier Field's parking lots and with how parking revenue from the Lucas Museum will be divvied up. According to the Sun-Times' Fran Spielman, the Bears have held up the approval timeline for the plan, which was expected to receive a final City Council vote yesterday. However, if the Lucas Museum plan does move forward as proposed, the Bears say that their season ticket holders and tailgating fans will be the ones losing out. While the delay is inconvenient for the mayor and for Lucas Museum stakeholders, Mayor Emanuel did point out that the snag with the Bears has been nothing like the lawsuit from the Friends of the Parks organization. At this point, it doesn't appear that there will be any major changes to the design or the proposal — the Bears are just shaking down the city and Lucas Museum stakeholders for their share.

[The museum will be built on Soldier Field's south parking lot.]

·Lucas Museum approval on hold after snag with the Bears [Sun-Times]
·Controversial Lucas Museum Plan Commission Hearing: Report [Curbed Chicago]
·The Lakefront Strikes Back: See the Latest Renderings for the Lucas Museum [Curbed Chicago]
·All previous Lucas Museum coverage [Curbed Chicago]