George Lucas Chooses Chicago For His Museum

Proposed Museum Site
Proposed Museum Site

Chicago Bears fans might be upset about losing their space to tailgate before games, and Friends of the Parks is considering a lawsuit over the proposed site, but that’s not hindering the general celebration of filmmaker George Lucas’ decision to have the Lucas Narrative Arts Museum built in Chicago. Now that the decision is made, City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Lucas are seeking proposed museum designs, and it’s not surprising that Lucas was quoted as saying he has great appreciation for Chicago’s long tradition of “embracing the arts and architecture.”

The museum will house what some claim to be the largest movie poster collection in the world. Also being displayed will be valuable Norman Rockwell paintings, examples of the special effects Lucas pioneered, and memorabilia such as the Darth Vader costume.

Pending approval by the Chicago Plan Commission, Lucas’ museum would be built on what are now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place. It is predicted to open in 2018. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials and George Lucas in early fall, and will need to include a parking lot, paid for by George Lucas, that will reside underneath the museum – offering Bears fans a place to park, but not to barbeque. 

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