I read Chicago Tribune columnist Blair Kamin’s piece this Sunday morning.
The plan to circumvent prohibition of the construction of private buildings on the Lakefront is have George Lucas build it privately, then turn it over to the Chicago Park District so it would a public building.
Looking at the agreements with the other museums, the reporter finds that they are privately owned with the Park District leasing the land to a not-for-profit entity.
Given the need to receive Chicago City Council approval, that seems hardly likely…but it would probably make the cost much cheaper.
The article also reveals that most of the exhibits would not be Star Wars related.