George Lucas Will Open His "George Lucas" Museum in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently beat out Los Angeles and San Francisco to house a museum featuring George Lucas's collection of movie memorabilia and art. It will be called the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the museum—which will be funded entirely by Lucas—will have a lakefront location between Soldier Field and McCormick Place, and will open in 2018. Vanity Fair reports that, along with "illustrations, comic art, graphic art, movie posters, and valuable paintings—some of which were painted by Norman Rockwell," the museum will also feature a scale model of the Millennium Falcon. Emanuel said in a statement:

"George Lucas has revolutionized the art of storytelling over the last four decades and we are honored to be the recipient of this incredible legacy investment that will allow everyone to learn about and experience narrative arts.

Like Marshall Field, John G. Shedd and Max Adler before him, George's philanthropy will inspire and educate for generations. No other museum like this exists in the world, making it a tremendous educational, cultural and job creation asset for all Chicagoans, as well as an unparalleled draw for international tourists."

Lucas issued a statement from San Francisco about choosing Chicago over his hometown for the museum's location:

"Building in Chicago is the right decision for the museum, but the Bay Area will always be my home. I grew up here, made all my films here and raised my family in the Bay Area."

Here's Emanuel's statement on securing the museum for Chicago:

Very exciting for Chicago, it is. (Yoda!)

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