Hooray! Chicago snached up the #1 future interactive museum spearheaded by movie mogul George Lucas , and it's recommended home is Chicago’s lakefront museum campus. Soon tourist worlwide will see his formidable collection of artwork and film-making memorabilia.
And just think,the ugly parking lots south of Soldier Field and north of McCormick Place in the empty no-man’s land is making Chicago absolutely nothing in revenue. Currently the Chicago Park District, which owns the land, is in no position to spend millions of dollars to rebuild those parking lots where right now baby buggies seldom stroll and picnickers never picnic.Worse yet, as things stood, without Lucas museum to boost the lakefront's self esteem. It would have remained dreery for decades to come.
But luckily that's no longer a problem, because George Lucas,"Star Wars” creator has chosen Chicago over San Francisco and Los Angeles as the future home base for his collection of art and movie memorabilia, to be called, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, according to his museum spokesperson.
Valuable Norman Rockwell paintings, will be housed in the museum, as well as a collection that includes examples of the special effects he pioneered at Industrial Light & Magic, and memorabilia such as the Darth Vader costume. And no...thats not for trash in the corner, it's R2D2.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a hot and heavy battle with Los Angeles and San Francisco to home of the midwest first-of its-kind interactive museum housing movie mogul George “Star Wars” Lucas’ formidable collection of artwork and movie memorabilia.“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,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel to local media.
George Lucas’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 the Chicagoans here, as well as an unparalleled draw for international tourists,” added the mayor.
Shortly after a phone call thanking George Lucas for choosing Chicago. Outside his City Hall office Monday evening, Mayor Emanuel told reporters that the museum will create “one of the most tremendous, vibrant and green museum campuses of any major American city that will partner education with our neighborhood schools throughout the city of Chicago.”
This win fall for Chicago is do to 70-year-old filmmaker George Lucas, a native of Modesto, Calif., he built his career in San Francisco. And never actually made a movie in Hollywood. His recentl ties to the windy city is Chicagoan, Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, whom he recently married and lives here with part time.
The museum is completely self-funded; will be built, funded and endowed by Lucas; and has been described as a “history of storytelling” project “dedicated to the power of the visual image” as well as the world’s largest interactive museum.
Chicago’s lakefront museum campus will house the new $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials in early fall 0f this year, according to a statement from the museum. Of the Lucas' institution would be built on what are now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place and would open in 2018.