As the battle in Chicago over the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art begins to resemble an epic story from a Lucas film, officials from the museum have suggested that they are now looking at sites in other cities for the $300 million project. According to the Chicago Tribune, a city attorney told the judge in yesterday's hearing that museum officials have begun to "consider other cities and other sites that it may relocate to." While no cities were named, the possibility of Chicago losing the project is beginning to look like a real scenario. The controversy over the lakefront location and the lawsuit from Friends of the Parks has not only brought the proposal to a grinding halt, but it could very well kill the deal. Still determined, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city has asked to move forward with construction, despite the ongoing legal battle.
If the Lucas Museum does decide to relocate the proposal to another city, it will be its third move since the idea was conceived and initially proposed for San Francisco several years ago. Lucas's initial plans for the museum were quashed by the Presidio Trust in San Francisco in early 2014. The Lucas Museum announced that it had selected Chicago to become home to the project in June 2014. If constructed as proposed, the Lucas Museum could draw nearly one million visitors annually and draw an enormous amount of foot traffic south of the Museum Campus. The judge presiding over the case is expected to make a ruling on April 21.
·Lucas Museum officials look at sites in other cities amid legal battle [Tribune]
·Emanuel Administration Strikes Back in Lucas Museum Saga [Curbed Chicago]
·A New Hope for Lucas Museum's Lakefront Legal Challenge? [Curbed Chicago]
·Controversial Lucas Museum Plan Commission Hearing: Report [Curbed Chicago]