It looks like George Lucas’ long-troubled and contentious plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in the Windy City of Chicago have finally, unfortunately, come to an end. Despite the fact that a Star Wars museum in any city, let alone Chicago, would have been up there as one of the best things about Chicago (that and the pizza). Yes, I did just feel a great disturbance in the Force too, no, that wasn’t just you.
The reason for this news dates all the way back to 2014 as well, when an organization called Friends of the Parks filed a lawsuit to stop the construction of the museum on the city’s lakefront, since the lakefront belongs to the city’s citizens and anything that’s added to or built on that specific area of land, can only be added if it benefits the citizens of Chicago. FotP claimed that the museum would not benefit the citizens, and it looks like after several years of fighting it, George Lucas is finally tired of it all.
Can we really blame him either?
In a new statement made by Lucas following the announcement as well, the auteur as explained the reasoning behind his decision as the following:
“No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot… The actions initiated by Friends of Parks and their recent attempts to extract concessions from the city have effectively overridden approvals received from numerous democratically elected bodies of government.”
Here’s where it gets really frustrating though: the land where the museum was going to be built, is currently being used for tailgating events at Soldier Field. The area where a new arts museum with large amounts of new, beautiful green land was going to be built, will now remain a very concrete, and very boring parking lot.
I understand the concern to make sure that the city’s public land remains, well, public. But right now, the area on the lakefront already has Soldier Field, another museum, a planetarium, an aquarium, and a concert venue, and it’s not like the public necessarily owns any of those buildings either (By that I mean they can’t just do whatever they want in the buildings). So instead of an art museum that would have not only added some even nicer culture to an already busy area, and probably would have brought in even more tourist benefits to the city, it’s going to remain a parking lot for the foreseen future.
This is something out of Leslie Knope’s worst nightmare.
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