San Francisco has lost its bid for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and Chicago’s lakefront location just south of Soldier Field “is a lock,” as first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times and since confirmed by the Chicago Tribune.
“Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area,” said Lucas.
The museum’s board is expected to vote on the selection, and make it official, tomorrow.
In an attempt to overcome a loss of trust, so to speak, when the Presidio Trust pulled the rug out from under Lucas’ feet last year, Mayor Ed Lee had offered San Francisco’s Seawall Lot 330 along the Embarcadero to Lucas last month. The Mayor’s offer was too little, too late.
Mayor Lee had also presented Lucas with the possibility of working in partnership with the City to build educational and open space upon the rotting Piers 30-32, across the Embarcadero from the Seawall Lot 330 site. It’s safe to assume that Lucas will not be taking the Mayor up on that offer either.