Monday, April 18, 2016

Rahm Proposes Tearing Down McCormick Lakeside Building and Replacing with Lucas Museum

A bold move (via ChicagoTribune):
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a last-ditch push to keep George Lucas' museum in Chicago, a plan that relies on tearing down McCormick Place's aging lakefront convention hall but risks running into the same legal hurdles that allowed park preservationists to tie up the mayor's first attempt.  
The plan, which was coming into focus Friday, has the backing of the Star Wars creator, who wants to build a museum along the city's picturesque Lake Michigan shoreline showcasing his art and film collection. Left unclear by the Emanuel administration is how the city would replace the lost convention center space, how much that would cost and who would pay for it.
There are a lot of questions that this poses, but as a concept we REALLY like this idea.  Should be interesting to see if this helps quell the critics.

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