Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to approve the 30,000 square foot museum planned by 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas on the city's coveted lakefront.
Months of opposition have stalled the green light for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art which would house his collection of American art, movie memorabilia and more. The museum is scheduled to open in 2019 on Lake Michigan's shores.
Two years ago, Chicago non-profit Friends of the Parks sued to keep the land open, on the grounds that it belonged to the public trust. A court date is set for Nov. 10 for another hearing.
“The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be an incredible addition to Chicago’s Museum Campus,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement, “the new parkland will add more open green space that will be enjoyed by residents across the city.”