CHICAGO (CBS) — Despite agreeing to temporarily halt their lawsuit challenging the original plan for “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ lakefront museum, Friends of the Parks said Tuesday it would oppose any plan to put the museum along Lake Michigan, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed compromise at McCormick Place.
When Friends of the Parks issued a statement suspending its lawsuit seeking to stop construction of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art just south of Soldier Field, it did not flatly rule out Emanuel’s recent proposal to instead replace the aging McCormick Place Lakeside Center with the museum and 12 acres of new park land.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Continues Into Monday Afternoon; Wind Advisory, Lakeshore Flood Advisory In Effect
However, FOTP executive director Juanita Irizarry said that was only because the group wants to keep talks going with City Hall and Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson.
“Unfortunately for more than a year before this time, there was absolutely no conversation, other than with lawyers in court,” she said. “We think if we talk together and better understand each other’s values, then maybe we can move toward something that truly is a win-win-win for the city, which again we believe is a site that is not on the lakefront.”