George Lucas' Chicago museum is said to be jeopardy forcing him to consider L.A.
Following environmental resistance
George Lucas may be forced to move his museum project to LA following resistance against his proposed plans for the Chicago site. In the beginning stages of the project, Lucas chose Chicago, over San Fransisco, as the desired site for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts, a project that critics have branded a 'vanity museum'.
However, he is now being forced to consider a third location – L.A., after a lawsuit was filed by an environmental group, and opposition to the idea was drummed up by the 'No Thx' vote campaign in the Chicago Tribune. The desired location sits within a green space at the edge of lake Michigan, and Lucas's team insist that the design will blend with the environment, but others are not convinced. Lucas has been relying on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help gain approval for the proposed plans.
The LA Times spoke to Lucas about the matter and quoted Lucas as saying: "I have faith in Chicago and [Mayor] Rahm [Emanuel], who is dedicated to making it happen," Lucas said. "But he's also coming up for election next month." and speaking about the new requirement to consider L.A., as the destination for the museum, he had this to say: "The advantage Los Angeles has is that it's on the USC campus and I don't have to go through all the rigmarole of years and years of trying to get past everything," Lucas said. "That's an advantage because I do want to get it done in my lifetime."