George Lucas Museum Coming to Chicago in 2018

By June 24, 2014
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As JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Gareth Edwards, and Josh Trank create new adventures in a galaxy far, far away, the man who dreamed up one of film history’s most iconic universes is setting up a memorial in Chicago to display his collection of art and movie memorabilia. The Chicago Tribute reports that George Lucas has chosen Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the home of his Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, which is expected to have its name changed to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and center around the theme of visual storytelling.

The three major cities were all campaigning hard to be the host of Lucas’ museum, but pending a vote from the Chicago Plan Commission, this is a done deal. Lucas said choosing Chicago was the right choice but a “difficult decision” for him personally because of his ties to the Bay area, having spent his entire career working in that region of the country.

The museum is scheduled to open in 2018, and it will house the writer/director’s movie poster collection (which an adviser says is the largest in the world), as well as “valuable Norman Rockwell paintings, examples of the Hollywood special effects he pioneered at Industrial Light & Magic, and memorabilia such as a scale model of the Millennium Falcon, the fictional spacecraft commanded by Han Solo.” Sounds like it could be a cool stop for tourists visiting Chicago, as this will bring a little bit of Hollywood magic to the Midwest.

Here’s a video of Lucas talking about the museum when it was still in the planning stages (and when it was intended to call San Francisco its home):

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