George Lucas's Proposed Museum In Chicago Is On "Solid Legal Ground," Says The City's Mayor
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts has been welcomed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who notes the "educational, cultural opportunity, and the economic" opportunities it presents.
Only one day ago it was confirmed that the creator 'Star Wars,' George Lucas, picked the city of Chicago as the site for his forthcoming museum.
On Wednesday (June 25th) the City Council met to make an official vote on the proposed site that the new facility will be built on, which is a large market space between Soldier Field and McCormick Place.
One issue that was to be resolved was the independent advocacy group 'Friends of the Parks' that are opposing the location, claiming the new museum will infringe on prime, public lakefront space.
In a press conference at Chicago's City Hall after the meeting, Mayor Rahm Emanuel insisted that the proposed site was on "solid legal ground" over 'Friends of the Parks,' via DNAinfo Chicago.
"We feel very comfortable from a legal standpoint," the Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "It's part of an entire museum campus."
"It's a huge addition for the city," Emanuel continued, noting the "educational, cultural opportunity, and the economic opportunity."
The major also cited the $2 billion in economic growth the museum could have on the local economy, as well as the 1,500 construction jobs, 500 permanent jobs and $150 million in tax revenue.
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts, which will house the 70 year-old's own artwork and movie memorabilia, was also looking at the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles as a potential home.
The museum is expected to display the filmmaker's $1 billion collection that includes Norman Rockwell paintings, very rare film posters and, unsurprisingly, props from 'Star Wars.'
"Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area," Lucas said in a statement.
In 2012 Lucas acquired $4 billion from Disney after selling Lucasfilm, and he has guaranteed at least $700 million will go towards the construction and operations of the museum.
The facility is expected to open its doors in 2018.
Lucas's proposed museum has been embraced by the city of Chicago