L.A. and San Francisco lose out to the director’s sometime hometown
The interactive museum will house Lucas’ extensive art collection, as well as props and artifacts from all his films from “Star Wars” to “Indiana Jones” and more.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel 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 recently sold all his shares of LucasFilm to Disney and aside from handing over story treatments he had already written up, is not involved in the making of the new “Star Wars” trilogy, part of which will be directed by JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson.