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George Lucas museum coming to Chicago

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 | Updated: Jun 25, 2014 - 10:51:57 PM
George Lucas has chosen to build his museum in Chicago, after San Francisco's Presidio Trust rejected his $700 million proposal. Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, plans to open the museum in 2018 and to use it to showcase memorabilia from his 40-year filmmaking career, as well as his extensive art collection. Currently called the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, the project is in the midst of a possible name change to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Parking lots near Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears play, will be the site of the new building.

Lucas, originally from California, had hoped the museum would be housed in San Francisco, but changed plans when the proposal was denied. His wife is from Chicago and the couple lives there part-time.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "George Lucas has revolutionized the art of storytelling over the last four decades and we are honored to be the recipient of this incredible legacy investment that will allow everyone to learn about and experience narrative arts."


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