It's finally official! After a long battle to secure a location for building the touted Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, the maker himself, George Lucas, has selected Chicago as the new home for his museum. Lucas' first choice was in San Francisco at the Presidio, where Lucasfilm headquarters resides, but he was met with strong resistance. In a statement to the Chicago Tribune, Lucas said:
“Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area.”
Today the Museum's board struck a deal with the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bring the museum to the city. It will be located on the parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place on the Chicago lakefront. It is expected to open in 2018. Once completed, the museum is said to house pieces from George Lucas' personal art collection, as well items from the Lucasfilm archives, like a scale model of the Millennium Falcon. The Museum's board is also expected to change the name of the museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The project is said to be still lacking approval from Chicago Plan Commission and may attract opposition from green space activists, so we certainly wish George and company the best of luck in making the museum a reality!
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Source: Chicago Tribune
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