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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 - RANDOLPH - S SIDE LOOKING N E - SOUTH PACIFIC RESTAURANT - ORIENTAL THEATER - OLD HEIDELBERG - HARGRAVE - CROWDS - PEOPLE CONSIDERING  MOVIE AT UNITED ARTISTS - 1960

PHOTO - CHICAGO - CITY CHRISTMAS TREE - DALEY PLAZA  - THEN CALLED CIVIC CENTER - ASSEMBLED OUT OF MANY TREES - AS I REMEMBER THINGS - c1965 - EDITED FROM A HEDRICH-BLESSING IMAGE

PHOTO - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - SNOW STORM - MARSHALL FIELD'S ON RIGHT - 1979  - EDITED FROM A CRAIG BURT IMAGE

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - PASSIONIST MONASTERY - NORWOOD PARK - c1910

PHOTO - CHICAGO - UNKNOWN RESIDENTIAL STREET NEAR 47TH - TWO-FLATS - NOTE GRASS - 1920s

PHOTO - CHICAGO - UNKNOWN ALLEY - GANG OF BOYS WITH ONE BIKE - 1930 - EDITED FROM A TRIBUNE IMAGE

PHOTO - CHICAGO - HALSTEAD STREET BRIDGE - STREETCAR - NOTE OPEN FRONT WINDOW

PHOTO - CHICAGO - MARSHALL FIELD CHRISTMAS WINDOW - FOR FURNITURE - 1940s

PHOTO - CHICAGO - 3738 TUELLA AVE - CABARET DANCERS HUDSON SISTERS ON THEIR BIKES - 1937 - EDITED FROM A TRIBUNE IMAGE

PHOTO - CHICAGO - COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION - AMATEUR PHOTO - 1893

PHOTO - CHICAGO - OFFICE FOR CHICAGO EDITION OF THE PITTSBURGH COURIER BLACK NEWSPAPER - WOMAN AND BOY LOOKING IN WINDOW - c1950

PHOTO - CHICAGO - RAINBOW BEACH - 78TH STREET - NOTE IN LEFT DISTANCE THE FAIR PAVILION AT 75TH MANHATTAN BEACH - THEN NICHOLS PRIVATE - THEN CALLED ISLAND BEACH AND NICHOLS' NATATORIUM - BIG CROWDS - 1905

PHOTO - CHICAGO - STUDIO SHOT OF CHILD IN DESK FRAME - BUNNYGRAPH - YOUR CHILD'S PHOTOGRAPHER - 1951

BOOK COVER - CHICAGO - HARRY A. ATWELL AT WORK WILSON BEACH CHICAGO - PHOTOGRAPHER AND MODEL - 1922

PHOTO - CHICAGO - WILSON BEACH - MODEL POSING - EDITED FROM A HARRY A. ATWILL IMAGE - 1922.jpg

PHOTO - CHICAGO - BEACH OUTSIDE CHICAGO - MODEL POSING - EDITED FROM A HARRY A. ATWILL IMAGE - 1922

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - ART INSTITUTE - MCKINLOCK COURT - OUTDOOR RESTAURANT - NICE VERSION - 1950s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - BIT OF SWEDEN RESTAURANT - 1011 RUSH - WOMEN IN COSTUME - 1940s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CENTURY OF PROGRESS - AERIAL - BLIMP - AD FOR HOTEL MIRA-MAR - ARROW FOR LOCATION - 1933

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CLUB EL BIANCO - 2747 W. 63RD - INTERIOR DINING ROOM - c1960

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - CURTIN'S RESTAURANT - 2002 W MADISON - CORNER ROBEY  - INTERIOR

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - JACKSON PARK BEACH - THREE GRACEFUL WOMEN BY THE SHORE - 1909

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - LINCOLN PARK - CHILDREN'S ZOO - DAIRY BARN - 1967

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - LINCOLN PARK - WINTER SCENE - c1910

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - LINCOLN PARK - ZOO - ZEBU - COUPLE WATCHING - c1910

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - OLD TOWN NEIGHBORHOOD  - CROWDS - TRAFFIC - EVENING - LATE 1960s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - PRUDENTIAL BUILDING - AERIAL - NORTHERN PANORAMA - NOTE FREIGHT AREAS NEAR RIVER - 1950s

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - RIVERVIEW EXPOSITION - PANORAMA FROM THE CHUTES - 1915

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - SAWYER AVE - N FROM WRIGHTWOOD - MIXED APARTMENTS - 1911

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - SHIPS IN MOUTH OF CHICAGO RIVER - GREETINGS -  PRE-1910

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - AERIAL - FROM MADISON - HUGE FLAGS FOR END OF WWI - 1918

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - FROM VAN BUREN - AERIAL - BANNERS ON LAMP POSTS - c1960

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - STATE STREET - MADISON - HUGE CROWD AND TRAFFIC JAM - 1909

AD - CHICAGO - CHICAGO COIN MACHINE MANUFACTURING - 1725 DIVERSEY BLVD - PEACHY PIN BALL - 1938

HAT - CHICAGO - MARSHALL FIELD'S - BEAUTIFUL BETMAR ORGANZA HAT - LABEL INSIDE - WOMEN'S HAT DEPARTMENT

HAT - CHICAGO - MARSHALL FIELD'S - BEAUTIFUL BETMAR ORGANZA HAT - WOMEN'S HAT DEPARTMENT

CATALOGUE COVER - CHICAGO - CHICAGO MAIL ORDER COMPANY - SINCE 1889 - SPRING AND SUMMER 1935

CATALOGUE COVER - CHICAGO - CHICAGO MAIL ORDER COMPANY - THE WOMAN OF TODAY - FALL AND WINTER 1939-40

CATALOGUE COVER - CHICAGO - CHICAGO MAIL ORDER COMPANY - WORLD'S BEST STYLES AT THE WORLD'S LOWEST PRICES - FALL AND WINTER 1938-9

AD - CHICAGO - PARADE FASHIONS - 1313 W RANDOLPH - WHIRLING SKIRTS - LACE LOVELY - GINGHAM CHECKS - 1962

AD - CHICAGO - DANCE FASHIONS - 6 E LAKE 3RD FLOOR - EVERYTHING IN DANCE - RECITAL COSTUMES - 1966

AD - CHICAGO - ELECTRIC SERVICE MANUFACTURING- KEYSTONE INCANDESCENT LIGHTING - 349 MORE ORDERED FOR CHICAGO TROLLEY COACHES - 1951

AD - CHICAGO - FOSTER HOSE SUPPORTING COMPANY - 3877 COTTAGE GROVE - IMPROVE YOUR FIGURE AND PULL UP YOUR STOCKINGS - 1898

AD - CHICAGO - GAGE BROTHERS AND COMPANY CHICAGO - PRODUCERS OF CORRECT MILLINERY - 1910

AD - CHICAGO - MOSELY FOLDING BATH-TUB COMPANY - 181 S CANAL - 1893

MAGAZINE COVER - CHICAGO - THE CHICAGOAN  - CARTOON OF WOMEN PLAYING TENNIS - 1927

MENU - CHICAGO - DE MECK'S RESTAURANT - 5300 LAKE PARK AVE - COVER - 1946

MENU - CHICAGO - MARSHALL FIELD - AFTERNOON TEA - FROM 3 TO 5 O'CLOCK - 1959

PHOTO - CHICAGO - 6048 DORCHESTER - BEAUTIFUL COURTYARD APARTMENT BUILDING - PEOPLE POSING AT FRONT - CAR PARKED - 1933

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