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May 04, 2016

Lucas Eyes New Museum Home as Chicago Group Renews Criticism

Star Wars creator George Lucas is “seriously pursuing” a different city to host his planned museum of narrative arts after a seeming truce in the battle over a proposed Chicago lakefront location broke down Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times report.

Hours after announcing it was suspending its lawsuit to block one planned Lake Michigan site for the museum, preservation group Friends of the Parks came out against an alternative waterfront location proposed by City Hall. That plan would require extensive borrowing authority and state approval. Friends of the Parks said it did not oppose building the museum in Chicago but pledged to renew its legal fight against any plan to build in shoreline areas the nonprofit says should be held in public trust.

Mr. Lucas’s wife, Chicago finance executive Mellody Hobson, said efforts to realize the project have been “co-opted and hijacked by a small special-interest group" and that museum organizers are now “seriously pursuing locations outside Chicago.” The movie mogul, who has pledged $743 million to build a home for his collection of artworks and film memorabilia, initially hoped to site the museum in San Francisco and has also been courted by Los Angeles and Oakland.