|Site of proposed Lucas Museum (via Chicago Tribune)|
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the city not to physically alter the proposed site of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art until further order of the court during the opening legal battle between the city and opponents of the museum.
Friends of the Parks filed suit earlier this month asking a federal judge to stop the proposed construction on the site between McCormick Place and Soldier Field. Filmmaker George Lucas wants to build a state-of-the-art museum there.
Thomas Geoghegan, a lawyer for the advocacy group, asked U.S. District Judge John Darrah for a preliminary injunction Tuesday. The judge then asked city lawyers if they could guarantee work would not begin before the next court hearing on Feb. 26.
Darrah even likened the situation to Mayor Richard M. Daley's notorious midnight demolition of Meigs Field.Seems slightly extreme, but then again so did taking bulldozers and carving "X"s into the Meigs Field runways.
(Hat tip: PB!)