The Force is officially with the city of Chicago.
After months of deliberation,
"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 Arts] will add to their vibrant work," Lucas said in an announcement Tuesday. "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 "Star Wars" director was considering San Francisco as a possible location for his museum. This month Los Angeles also threw its hat into the ring with a social media campaign spearheaded by Mayor
The official name of the museum will be the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts, changed from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
Lucas is married to Chicago native
The director had expressed interest in a San Francisco site across from Crissy Field. But earlier this year, the Presidio Trust rejected that site and instead offered the filmmaker a location near his Letterman Digital Arts Center. San Francisco Mayor
L.A. had proposed a location near the University of Southern California, where Lucas studied filmmaking. The site was the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which has served as a venue for sporting and music events.
Lucas' museum is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars to construct, with some published reports putting the price tag as high as $700 million.