A judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400 million museum along Chicago's lakefront.
U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah's ruling Thursday means the project will almost certainly be delayed. A nonprofit group, Friends of the Parks, contends that construction of the 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art would violate public-trust laws that restrict development along Lake Michigan.
Darrah didn't explain his reasoning in court, but he's expected to issue a written ruling.
The Chicago City Council voted in October in favor of the museum, which would be built south of Soldier Field.
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Lucas chose Chicago over San Francisco for the museum after saying the California city was "doodling around," while Chicago officials aggressively pursued the project.