Chicago beat out San Francisco and Los Angeles as host city
for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA), which will present
the history and evolution of the visual images.
"George Lucas has revolutionized the art of storytelling over
the last four decades and we are honored to be the recipient of
this incredible legacy investment that will allow everyone to
learn about and experience narrative arts," Emanuel said in a
"No other museum like this exists in the world, making it a
tremendous educational, cultural and job creation asset for all
Chicagoans, as well as an unparalleled draw for international
tourists," he added.
The museum will feature valuable artworks by the likes of Normal
Rockwell, John Tenniel and Maxfield Parrish. The museum's board
will vote on Wednesday to approve Chicago as the its new home.
"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 will add to their
vibrant work," Lucas said in a statement.
Lucas had originally intended for the museum to be in San
Francisco, but the proposal was rejected by a trust that governs
the land it was intended to be on.
"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 San Francisco," said Lucas,
whose wife, Mellody Hobson, is from Chicago.
The museum said it selected its site near Chicago's Soldier
Field because its accessibility to public transportation as well
as its central location.
Architectural plans will be submitted to the city in early fall,
the museum said.
(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis and Eric Kelsey in Los
Angeles; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy, David Gregorio and Bernard
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