Lucas Cultural Arts Museum

The Force was in Chicago Wednesday evening as an estimated 100 people took part in a public hearing on the George Lucas’ proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum. Chicago is one of several cities vying to become home to Lucas’ museum celebrating visual storytelling and Star Wars.

One self-proclaimed geek, Matt Wolff, echoed a sentiment shared by many Chicago area fans:

“We deserve the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum,” he said. “Geek culture permeates the very fabric of this city, and the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum would be the crowning jewel for us.”

Lucas himself said in a video statement that he wants to museum to be “iconic” and surely, in the eyes of fans, it would be just that.

Suggested locations included the Museum Campus, Grant Park, Northerly Island, the Old Chicago Main Post Office (where the opening scenes for The Dark Knight were filmed), the vacant lakefront U.S. Steel South Works, and the former home of Essanay Studios. Each location has something to offer ranging from the view to ease of accessibility.

Supporters said that the museum would be a complementary addition to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History.

Source: CBS Chicago

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