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Mellody Hobson

Chicago City Council approves Lucas Museum proposal

The force — of Chicago's City Council, at least — is with George Lucas, as aldermen voted Wednesday to allow the "Star Wars' filmmaker to build his $400 million museum along the shores of Lake Michigan.

With no discussion, the council cast the widely expected vote in favor of allowing Lucas to build his 300,000-square-foot Lucas Museum of Narrative Art just south of Soldier Field. The vote came on the same day the Chicago Bears and the museum organization announced an agreement on parking that will increase the number of parking spots and tailgating spots.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel strongly endorsed the project and Lucas' choice of Chicago instead of San...