The Friends of the Parks group reportedly plans to drop its lawsuit against the city over the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
The group's executive board has signed off on a plan to "move forward with the Lucas Museum," according to a Chicago Sun-Times report. In a significant turn of events in the Lucas Museum saga, the group now reportedly supports having the attraction built at McCormick Place East.
The news come one day after it was reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered his support for the Friends of the Parks' "The Last Four Miles Plan," which seeks a 525-acre expansion of lakefront parkland, in exchange for the group dropping its lawsuit.
UPDATE (11:49 p.m.): Friends of the Parks is not dropping its lawsuit against the city and remains opposed to the McCormick Place site, despite media reports suggesting otherwise.
"Contrary to recent reports, our board remains fully united on the preservation of our lakefront and ensuring that the public trust doctrine is not ignored," Friends of the Parks Board President Lauren Moltz and Executive Director Juanita Irizarry said in a joint statement. "We do believe that the Lucas Museum has a place in Chicago for all to enjoy, but not at the expense of one our most precious public resources. We have always said we were open to discussions. Anything else you hear is rumor and speculation. We are not dropping the lawsuit."