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October 29, 2015

Chicago City Council Approves Lucas Museum Zoning

On Wednesday the Chicago City Council approved zoning for Star Wars creator George Lucas's proposed $300-million lakefront museum, The Chicago Tribune  and WTTW report.

The long-term negotiations ended after the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and the Chicago Bears reached an agreement over parking, tailgating, and advertising around the proposed lakefront museum site.

A lawsuit against the proposal, filed by the nonprofit Friends of the Parks earlier this month, is still pending. The suit claims that locating the museum on shoreline held in trust by the State of Illinois would not be in the public's best interest.

Mr. Lucas selected Chicago, his wife's hometown, over his native California after San Francisco officials rejected his request to build on Presidio parkland there.