THEY WILL

LU­CAS MU­SEUM WOULD DIS­PLACE 1,500 BEARS TAIL­GATERS

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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

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