Dozens of Chicagoans joined a 12 member task force appointed by Mayor Emanuel at the Chicago Cultural Center tonight to brainstorm about a potential location for the George Lucas Museum.
Lucas originally hoped to put his shrine to his sci-fi and fantasy in his hometown of San Francisco. After local officials said no, the iconic filmmaker began to look elsewhere.
The mayor left the task force with just a few guidelines. The proposed location must be accessible to all Chicago communities. Also, it has to be comparable to other cultural institutions in the city. And it has to provide educational opportunities to kids. Last but not least, the museum should not require taxpayer dollars.
If Chicago lands the museum, it’s expected to bring jobs and tourist dollars to the city.