Billionaire film maker George Lucas says Chicago could be home to a major project. The Star Wars creator wants to build a cultural arts museum, and he’s pledging hundreds of millions of dollars to build the state of the art museum, along with an endowment to maintain the facility.
The museum would house Lucas’ astonishing art collection, the cinematic arts and digital film making. And there will be memorabilia from his iconic Star Wars films and other famous movies, capturing the magic of films, comic books and popular art that’s shaped our cultural heritage.
“It will be a museum that’s going to push the boundaries of what museums will be in the next century,” says Lucas spokesman, David Perry. And the best news is Lucas isn’t looking for tax subsidies and he’s not trying to play one city against another to get a better deal. “This is a completely self-funded project,” Perry says.
Many hope Lucas’ ties to Chicago – he lives here part time – and his wife and lifelong Chicagoan Melody Hobson will tip the scales to Chicago’s advantage.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and top city leaders are forming a task force to scout out potential locations to win Lucas over.