Friends of the Parks
declared victory today in an early round of the legal battle to keep the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from building on Park District-owned lakefront land.

Federal judge John Darrah ruled this morning against the city’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the group.   

According to a statement from FOTP: 

U.S. District Judge John Darrah today ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, denying the Chicago Park District’s and City of Chicago’s motions to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Friends of the Parks in federal court challenging the siting of the Lucas Museum on Chicago’s lakefront public parkland.

“We are very pleased that the District Court is allowing the case to proceed,” said Lauren Moltz, Friends of the Parks board chair. “We are thrilled to finally have the opportunity to depose the City and the Park District and fully make our case.”

Friends of the Parks will now be able to move forward with depositions of City of Chicago and Chicago Park District. The judge has declared that the Lucas Museum project cannot break ground until the matter is resolved.