When last we checked on filmmaker George Lucas and his quest to build a museum for his collection of narrative art, he was decamping from San Francisco and embracing a plan to erect his dream facility on Chicago's lakefront.
Lucas trudged through a long and, for him, ultimately disappointing process trying to persuade San Francisco's Presidio Trust to let him build his museum on a highly-sought-after site adjacent to Crissy Field. When that effort failed, Chicago officials, led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, swooped in to pitch Lucas on bringing the museum there. Lucas agreed after the city offered a piece of real estate on the Lake Michigan waterfront -- near several existing museums, Soldier Field and the massive McCormick Place convention center.
So everyone lived happily ever after.
Sure. What's actually happened is that the museum proposal has found itself in the midst of a growing controversy.
Park groups contend the project violates development controls on lakefront property, and they've filed a lawsuit that claims it's illegal to build on the reclaimed lakeshore.