The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has officially cleared a big hurdle — The Chicago City Council has approved the project. The vote in the Council was to take place last week, but the Chicago Bears raised an objection to a previously agreed upon deal involving parking and tailgating for football fans and advertising around Soldier Field and the museum.
The new deal negotiated grants the team increased parking — from 6,500 spaces to 7,800 — and additional parking in a structure located near both the stadium and museum. Tailgating football fans will also see an increase from 3,161 to 3,361 available spaces, along with space on an event prairie located near the museum.
The vote also allows the Bears increased advertising in and around Soldier Field, with proceeds going toward renovations and repairs.
One issue remains — The pending lawsuit in federal court filed by the environmental preservation group, Friends of the Parks. The next court date in that case is scheduled for November 10.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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