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Star Wars creator’s museum faces uncertainly in Chicago

A proposed museum by Star Wars creator George Lucas in Chicago may end up in a different city after a legal challenge against its location has delayed construction.

Concept drawing for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago.
Concept drawing for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. Image by LMNA

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which would contain the famed film director’s collection of paintings, illustrations and movie memorabilia, was approved by Chicago city council in November.

However, the proposed location beside Soldier Fields has proved controversial, with a non-profit preservation group called Friends of the Park suing in order to stop the project from moving ahead at that site. The group argues that the private enterprise would be taking public land and would be located on a protected waterway, and say the project should find another location in the city.

Chicago city council approved zoning for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts, spearheaded by Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Chicago city council approved zoning for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts, spearheaded by Star Wars creator George Lucas. Image by Neon Tommy / CC BY-SA 2.0

However, a lawyer for the city of Chicago told a federal judge on Wednesday that other cities and sites are now being considered for the project, reports the Chicago Tribune, due to uncertainty caused by the lawsuit.

The city is asking the judge to lift an order that bars the start of construction of the site while the lawsuit is pending, reports the Associated Press. The judge’s decision on whether work can be undertaken at the site will come in April, according to CBS, but the city and its opponents can discuss some steps that could be undertaken without making significant changes to the site.

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