The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is another step closer to beginning construction. The Chicago City Council voted to approve zoning for the project on October 28, after the Bears football team and the museum organization agreed on rules governing parking, Bears fan tailgating and advertising rules around Soldier Field and the museum.
Still in the way is a lawsuit by the nonprofit Friends of the Parks. According to the Chicago Tribune, the grounds for the suit are that the planned museum “violates the public trust because it will be built on the submerged waters of Lake Michigan and that a privately held museum is not in residents’ best interests.” The next court hearing is scheduled for November 10.
Council approval was the major last hurdle in respect to city requirements.
Construction on the museum is slated to begin no sooner than March 1 with an opening date as early as 2019, according to The Associated Press. See more museum design illustrations here.