Judge Allows Lawsuit to Proceed Against George Lucas Museum in Chicago

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Construction will at least be delayed and the legal proceedings could end up killing the project in Chicago.

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop Star Wars creator George Lucas from building a $400 million museum along Chicago's lakefront.

Judge John Darrah's ruling Thursday means construction will at least be delayed and the legal proceedings could end up killing the project in Chicago.

A nonprofit group, Friends of the Parks, contends that construction of the 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art would violate public-trust laws that restrict development along Lake Michigan.

The Chicago City Council voted in October in favor of the museum, which would be built south of Soldier Field.

Lucas chose Chicago over San Francisco for the museum after saying the California city was "doodling around," while Chicago officials aggressively pursued the project.

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