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MBC Still Not Ready for Primetime

By Rob Christopher in News on May 6, 2008 2:36PM

Is there any medium with a shorter attention span than television? Year in and year out, dozens of new shows go on the air; but we only really remember the hits. That's why a museum capable of restoring some perspective to the history of television would be such a cool thing. Unfortunately, it doesn't look the Museum of Broadcast Communications will be opening anytime soon.

This isn't the first time the MBC has been delayed. But now the non-profit org has been hit with a foreclosure lawsuit by its general contractor. Pepper Construction alleges that since 2005 it has done $7.3 million worth of work but has only been paid $2.9 million. Work on the new facility at State & Kinzie has been suspended since May of 2006. And until museum CEO Bruce DuMont can scare up some new funding, the jackhammers are likely to remain silent.
speculative drawing of the completed MBC via chicago1000