LUCAS MUSEUM WOULD DISPLACE 1,500 BEARS TAILGATERS
then walk to the stadium. The plans call for Bears fans to use a pedestrian underpass near 18th Street to safely reach the stadium. There is no pedestrian bridge above the expressway included in the plans.
The Lucas museum proposal calls for a 300,000-square-foot museum building on 17 acres owned by the Park District, south of the stadium and north of McCormick Place. The museum has the approval of the Chicago City Council, the Plan Commission and the Chicago Park District, which has entered an agreement to lease the land near Lake Michigan at a cost of $10 for 99 years.
The parks preservation group Friends of the Parks is suing to block the project at its proposed location, arguing it violates the state’s public trust doctrine, benefits Lucas more than city residents and tarnishes the lakefront. A federal judge has allowed the lawsuit, filed in November 2014, to move forward. No construction can take place until a judge lifts a court order and a series of administrative building permits are secured.
Artist’s rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art as viewed
from the south, with Soldier Field and the skyline behind it