It looks like the battle for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum is going to come down to a cage match between Chicago and San Francisco. Okay, maybe that won’t be the case – but the competition is pretty tight. San Francisco fell behind Chicago as the prospective home for the museum after several proposals from George Lucas were turned down by the group that oversees The Presidio, the location Lucas originally desired.

Last week, a task force assembled by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested the museum campus on Lake Michigan as a possible home for the museum. San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee has now offered a waterfront location near the Bay Bridge. The site was being eyed by the Golden State Warriors basketball team, but that plan fell through. The publicly owned site is worth $30 million.

When asked for a comment, a representative for Lucas had this to say:

“We’ll have no further comment until both cities have made their presentations to the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum,” David Perry, a spokesman for Lucas, said in an email.

The interactive museum would house Lucas’ vast art collection, along with original Star Wars memorabilia and props. The filmmaker is prepared to invest $300 million toward the project, along with a $400 million endowment in the event of his death.

The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum has released a new video that provides an excellent overview of what to expect from the museum:


Sources: Chicago Sun-Times, the image belongs to the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, and the video is from the LCAM YouTube Channel

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  1. Melinda
    May 30, 2014 at 16:05 Reply

    If George Lucas is listening, I’m throwing my hat in the Chicago ring, and hoping the Windy City gets chosen! 🙂 I’m not discounting what a boon the museum would be for the Bay Area, and California in general. However, Chicago is in the middle of the country, more accessible from all corners of the country, and the Lakefront would be a beautiful backdrop for the museum. I hope the Windy City wins out. 😀

    As a side note — I get that a big part of the museum’s purpose is to inspire youngsters, to propel them to use their imaginations — and to see where their imaginations can take them, hopefully set at least some of them down the path to pursuing careers that allow them to use their imaginations. However, the same can be said for those of us who are all grown up. 🙂 Yes, there are some folks who will stay with the same job for the entire span of their lives. However, most of us change jobs periodically. It could be due to downsizing. It could be due to a health issue. It could be because one has many interests, and decides life is more interesting by pursuing more than one career over the course of one’s lifetime. Hopefully, the museum — wherever it is located — will inspire at least some of the “oldsters” (those past “normal” college age) to consider where their imaginations can take them, too. 🙂

    MTFBWY 🙂

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