The city’s Lakefront Protection Ordinance was not enough of a disincentive to halt the rush approval of the proposed location of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts by Chicago’s powers that be. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin weighs in on the museum’s focus and long-term value for the city, as well as what sort of building would house the museum.
While Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration are enthusiastically moving forward with approving their proposed location for the museum, it still has to be approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, which “is responsible for the review of proposals that involve Planned Developments (PDs), the Lakefront Protection Ordinance,Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs), Industrial Corridors and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts,” according to its website.
The city’s Plan Commission receives staff services from the Department of Planning and Development. To contact the Department of Planning and Development, email [email protected].
The proposed location is currently parking lots located between Soldier Field and McCormick Place, and the parking lots are owned by the Chicago Park District. To contact the Chicago Park District’s Board of Commissioners, email [email protected].
Ald. Danny Solis (25th Ward) is the chairman for the City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards. To contact Solis, email legislative aide Nicole Wellhausen at [email protected].