'Star Wars' creator selects Chicago for museum

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'll work with the community to develop plans for the museum that "Star Wars" creator George Lucas intends to build in Chicago.

Emanuel spoke Tuesday at City Hall about the filmmaker's decision to locate his planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on a parking lot south of Soldier Field.

The mayor says he "can't thank George and Mellody enough" referring to Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, a prominent businesswoman who's from Chicago.

Lucas said in a written statement Tuesday that he hopes to open the museum in 2018. The statement said the museum will move existing parking spaces underground and replace acres of asphalt with more parkland along the lakefront. Architectural drawings will be presented to the city in early fall.


CHICAGO (AP) -- "Star Wars" creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia.

Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the nation's third-largest city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum.

It was unclear for weeks whether Chicago or San Francisco would be selected. Some people thought Chicago might have the upper hand because Lucas' wife is from Chicago and because of Emanuel's powers of persuasion. But Lucas is a California native, his visual effects division is based in San Francisco and the headquarters for LucasFilm and Skywalker Sound is in nearby Marin County.


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