By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — George Lucas’ highly-coveted museum will be coming to Chicago, the Lucas Museum has confirmed.
The plan is to build the museum on land between Soldier Field and McCormick Place, just a short distance from the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium.
Mayor Emanuel told reporters this is a “tremendous opportunity” for the city.
“No other major American city has these types of cultural and educational institutions with a great Northerly Island creating a vibrant, green museum campus unparalleled in the United States,” said Emanuel.
The “Star Wars” creator picked Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“We are honored to be partnering with the city of Chicago and the many cultural, educational and community groups that have come forward with ideas about how the LMNA [Lucas Museum of Narrative Art] will add to their vibrant work,” said George Lucas in a statement. “I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts.”
The release by the LMNA said Lucas hopes to open the museum in 2018.