CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 100 people offered suggestions, locations and support for moviemaker George Lucas’ proposal to bring a cultural arts museum to Chicago that would celebrate visual storytelling, computer effects and enhancement and the Star Wars films.
Chicago is on the short list of sites Lucas is considering, now that San Francisco has rejected his four-year effort to build the museum on waterfront parkland overlooking the Presidio.
San Francisco city officials have promised to find alternative sites, but Lucas immediately began to look elsewhere. Lucas’ wife, Mellody Hobson, is a native Chicagoan.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week announced creation of the task force to try to entice Lucas to build the museum here.
While no one brandished a light sabre or wore Imperial Stormtrooper gear, there were plenty of hard-core Star Wars aficionados among those who attended the hearing, in the Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.