Chicago Park District Approves Lucas Museum

The Lucas Musuem is one step closer to becoming a reality, but it still faces a large legal challenge.

The Chicago Park District approved a deal to lease seven acres of land near Soldier Field for the project.

However, non-profit group Friends of the Parks filed a lawsuit to keep it from being built on public land along the lake.

The group argues that the museum will ruin the character of the Lake Michigan shoreline.

"In particular, the ground lease agreement would authorize the construction of a museum that would preclude the use of the trust property as free and open space with access to the activities on Lake Michigan," the filing stated.

New plans were revealed for the museum that will house film director George Lucas' art and film collection extend the lakefront campus to the south, converting the current parking lot site into a green space.

The museum plans on building and maintaining nearly 200,000 square feet of new greenery along the lakefront, according to the museum. The construction and maintenance of the facility and green space will not come at a cost to Chicago taxpayers.

Construction on the museum is slated to begin no sooner than March 1, according to The Associated Press.

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