On October 15, Elise Houren, Director of Government Relations for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, testified before the Chicago Plan Commission in support of the design and construction of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago.

Houren emphasized that the world-class museum will bring major economic, cultural, and artistic benefits to the city at no cost to Chicago’s taxpayers.

“The city stands to generate significant new tax revenue, added spending, and jobs through visits to local restaurants, hotels, and other nearby businesses,” Houren said. “The economic impact of the Lucas Museum would be significant, adding an estimated $2 billion to $2.5 billion in increased tourism spending and $120 to $160 million in new tax revenue in its first ten years, according to studies by the Civic Consulting Alliance and World Business Chicago.”

Click here to read Houren’s full testimony.