Legal challenge to placement of Lucas Museum on lakefront moves forward

In November 2014, the lawyers at Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan, Ltd. filed a suit on behalf of their clients, Friends of the Parks, Sylvia Mann, and John Buenz, challenging the City of Chicago’s decision to locate the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront.

On March 12, the U.S. District Court in Chicago denied motions to dismiss filed by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District, allowing the suit to proceed under both the public trust doctrine and the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The suit contends that the City and the Park District do not have authority to transfer the land in Chicago’s iconic Burnham Park to a private entity such as the Lucas Museum because, under the public trust doctrine, the land is held in trust by the State of Illinois for the benefit of the public.

Read more about the court’s decision in the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, and Crain’s Chicago Business. Read the court’s entire opinion below.