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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says design plans for the George Lucas Museum are being changed. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015)

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says design plans of a museum proposed on Chicago's lakefront by movie producer George Lucas are being updated.

    Emanuel wouldn't give details Monday. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Emanuel says it's part of the process of finalizing the project. He says there'll be plenty of accessible green space.

    The "Star Wars" creator chose Chicago as host last year. Plans showed a futuristic design.

    The project hit snags, including a lawsuit brought by a parks group that didn't want Lake Michigan land used.

    The Lake Michigan-adjacent property where the museum is set to be built– which currently acts as a parking lot south of Soldier Field – is part of land belonging to Chicago’s Museum Campus community. The site is in close proximity to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Northerly Island.

    Friends of the Parks argued the lakefront site was a protected waterway. 

    Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation earlier this year to strengthen the city’s legal ability to build the project on public park land. The move changes Illinois law to let Chicago build museums on park or “formerly submerged” land. 

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