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The proposed George Lucas “Museum” on the waterfront in the area of the museum campus is not only a monumentally ugly structure, its very purpose and subject are trivial. It is a giant monument to a man who makes fantasy films, having nothing to do with nearby genuine centers of learning and research such as the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. I researched the origins of the proposal, and it appears San Francisco officials turned Lucas down in his application to build this pointless hulk near the Golden Gate Bridge. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, hearing of the turn-down, rushed out to pitch Chicago’s waterfront as an alternative site. If he succeeds, Emanuel surely will go down as the most destructive mayor in the city’s history in terms of the precious waterfront. I hope Chicago readers of this site will make an effort to stop this blight. Let it be built at an amusement park or a shopping center or perhaps along a remote strip of an Interstate highway, complete with taco and hamburger stands, places in keeping with its character.

PHOTO - CHICAGO - DANCE TEAM CORTEZ AND DIANNE - MAURICE SEYMOUR STUDIO

PHOTO - CHICAGO - 63RD AND DAMEN - TWO STRIPED LIVERY STREETCARS - NOTE EASTMAN COAL SIGN - 1951

PHOTO - CHICAGO - CENTRAL SKYLINE - FROM LAKE - EVENING - COLOR ENHANCED - c2000

PHOTO - CHICAGO - CHICAGO AVE - MONTGOMERY WARD - STREETCAR - STANDARD STATION - 1952

PHOTO - CHICAGO - DEARBORN AT VAN BUREN - LOOKING N - ELEVATED STATION - FISHER BUILDING AT RIGHT CENTER - 1911

PHOTO - CHICAGO - ELEVATED STRUCTURE - NORTH SHORE LINE ELECTROLINER - UNKNOWN STATION - 1950s

PHOTO - CHICAGO - EXCHANGE AVE AND 75TH - LOOKING S E FROM NW CORNER - FLANDER'S TEA ROOM RESTAURANT - STRATOLINER LOUNGE - c1950

PHOTO - CHICAGO - GROUP OF BLACK CHILDREN PLAYING IN FRONT OF APARTMENT BUILDING - STREET UNKNOWN - 1941 - EDITED FROM AN EDWIN ROSSKAM IMAGE

PHOTO - CHICAGO - LA SALLE STREET STATION - LOOKING TOWARDS - TWO NEW YORK CENTRAL TRAINS - LOOKING N - 1940s

PHOTO - CHICAGO - LAKE ROUTE STREETCAR - NORTH WESTERN UNDERPASS - NOTE DOUBLE GATES - c1950

PHOTO - CHICAGO - MARSHALL FIELD'S WALNUT ROOM ENTRANCE - EASTER TIME LIUNCH - 1965

PHOTO - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - LOOKING S FROM TRIBUNE TOWER - TRAFFIC WHEN BRIDGE OPENS - AERIAL - 1926

PHOTO - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE BRIDGE - STAIRS - VIEW LOOKING S W - 1930s

PHOTO - CHICAGO - PICK-CONGRESS HOTEL JUST BEFORE REMODELING PROJECT - 1961

PHOTO - CHICAGO - RANDOLPH - LOOKING W FROM STATE - NOTE ORIENTAL NOW SHOWING X FILMS - OLD HEIDLEBERG BUILDING USED AS SOMETHING ELSE - MAGIKIST SIGN - SNAPSHOT - 1970

PHOTO - CHICAGO - RANDOLPH STREET - AERIAL - POWERS THEATRE - TRAM - MANY CARRIAGES - PREVIOUS CITY HALL ON RIGHT - c1900

PHOTO - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - LOOKING N FROM VAN BUREN - NOTE THE DAVIS STORE UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON RIGHT - LATER GOLDBLATT'S  - 1911

PHOTO - CHICAGO - THE PREVIOUS CITY HALL - BUSY STREET - 1895

PHOTO - CHICAGO - TRAIN - GRAND TRUNK WESTERN - STREAMLINED STEAM ENGINE 6410 - 1956

PHOTO - CHICAGO - TRAIN - UNION PACIFIC M-10004 - NORTH WESTERN STATION - 1936

PHOTO - CHICAGO - UNITED ARTISTS THEATER - W RANDOLPH  - EVENING - 1970

PHOTO - CHICAGO - UNKNOWN COMMERCIAL DISTRICT - SALVAGE AND PARTS - 1938

PHOTO - CHICAGO - UNKNOWN SHOE STORE - CHRISTMAS - WOMAN LOOKING IN WINDOW - SNAPSHOT

PHOTO - CHICAGO - WACKER  DRIVE AT MADISON -  CIVIC OPERA BUILDING - CROWD OF MEN HEADED TOWARDS DOORS - c1950

PHOTO - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - LOOKING N FROM NEAR RANDOLPH - WOMAN WALKING - SNAPSHOT - c1940

PHOTO - CHICAGO - WRIGLEY AND TRIBUNE -  VIEW FROM S SIDE OF RIVER - TRIBUNE TOWER STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION - FINISHED 1925

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - ART INSTITUTE - GRECO-ROMAN GALLERY - LIKELY ALL COPIES - c1910

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - ART INSTITUTE - SAUGATUCK MICHIGAN SUMMER SCHOOL OF PAINTING

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN - GRANT PARK - AN ESPECIALLY NICE IMAGE - TINTED - 1933

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CHECKER TAXI COMPANY - CAB PICKING UP WOMAN AND GIRL AT FANCY BUILDING - 34 YEARS - 1950s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CHICAGO RIVER - AERIAL PANORAMA  - LOOKING E FROM W OF MERCHADISE MART - PART OF SECOND CITY SERIES - 1951

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - COLISEUM GARDEN - EVERY EVENING - FERULLO'S BAND - HUGE CROWD - 1909

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - COUPLE SITTING IN GRANT PARK - STEVENS HOTEL BEHIND - MERRY CHRISTMAS - 1939

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CTA RAPID TRANSIT - EXPRESSWAY MEDIAN - MEDICAL CENTER DISTRICT - 1960s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - DREXEL AND 65TH - APARTMENT BUILDING - YOUNG TREES - c1910

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - GUS' GOOD FOOD - 420 N DEARBORN - GUS' KITCHEN

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - ILLINOIS UNDERGROUND TUNNEL COMPANY - DRAMATIC HEAD-ON VIEW OF TRAIN - TINTED - 1911

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - KIMBARK AVE - N FROM 65TH - LARGE HOMES WITH AWNINGS - TREE-LINED STREET - 1910s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - LINCOLN AVE - W OF SEMINARY - MANY STORES - 1909

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - MICHIGAN AVE - FROM LAKE MICHIGAN - BUILDING ON LAKE IS YACHT CLUB - c1910

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - NEW SUBWAY STATION - TRAIN - ESCALATOR - TINTED - EARLY 1940s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - PRAIRIE AVE - S FROM 5200 - NEW HANDSOME APARTMENTS - YOUNG TREES - c1910

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - SKYLINE - AERIAL - FROM NEAR NORTH SIDE - LOOKING SW - MID 1960s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - LOOKING N FROM VAN BUREN - AERIAL - AMERICAN FLAGS - 1963

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - LOOKING N FROM WASHINGTON - ROOSEVELT THEATER - MARSHALL FIELD'S - LIKELY A SUNDAY - NICE VERSION - 1966

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - THE PHOTO PRODUCTS COMPANY - 6100 LA SALLE - INSTANTO POST CARD - 7 DOLLARS PER 1000 EXPRESS PAID - 1907

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - WILSON BATHING BEACH - HUGE CROWD - c1920

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - YMCA - WEST SIDE PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS - FOUNTAIN LUNCH - TINTED - c1920

BUTTON - CHICAGO - WIEBOLDT'S DEPARTMENT STORE - CHRISTMAS - 1950s

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