Attention Star Wars Fans: Chicago City Greenlights George Lucas Museum

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The new Star Wars film is just around the corner, but now, fans of the franchise have even more to be excited about: the Chicago City Council has given their approval towards George Lucas’ proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

The museum, pitched to be at around 300,000-square-feet in size and at the cost of US $400 million, is set to be built along the shores of Lake Michigan.

The vote on its approval took place after the Chicago Bears and the museum organization finalized long-term negotiations on parking spaces, Bears fan tailgating, and advertising rules surrounding Soldier Field and the museum.

The proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Image from Chicago Tribune.

The proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Image from Chicago Tribune.

Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, strongly endorsed Lucas’ project to be located in his city, influencing the filmmaker’s choice to opt with Chicago versus somewhere closer to his Northern California home. This may also be reinforced due to the fact that San Francisco officials declined to provide Lucas with the necessary amount of land needed to build the museum.

In spite of the recent positive vote, there remains to be a lawsuit by nonprofit group Friends of the Parks, who contend that under a legal principle known as public trust doctrine, the city has no authority to hand over the land where the museum is to be built.

Emanuel claimed Lucas’ museum will be an improvement for the lakefront’s aesthetics as the land in question is currently a parking lot, although Lucas has also agreed to add more green space in the process.

Star Wars creator George Lucas. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Star Wars creator George Lucas. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

“We have taken our step forward and we’re going to continue to do what we’re going to do,” said Emanuel.

The mayor further pointed out that the museum would be a great boost in the city’s tourism.

While Lucas — who is known for being the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises — may not hail from Chicago, his wife, Mellody Hobson — president of Ariel Investments — is a Chicago native.

The museum will house several artifacts and costumes from the Star Wars films. Furthermore, it will feature other props and film memorabilia from the Indiana Jones movies, as well as from other Lucas projects.

More than props and story boards, the museum will also consist of 3 auditoriums where visitors can watch films as well as attend lectures and workshops. Additionally, it will feature artwork Lucas has been collecting since college, including illustrations by Norman Rockwell and NC Wyeth.

If things go smoothly, construction could begin as early as next spring and the museum may possibly be operating by 2019.

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