The city's bid for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum is starting to materialize, as a site for the possible $1 billion cultural institution has just been selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's task force. The museum which will house the filmmaker's private art collection and memorabilia from his films was originally planned to be built in the Presidio neighborhood of San Francisco, but after numerous rejections, Lucas invited the Windy City to join in the battle for the prestigious museum. The Tribune reports that the mayor's task force has chosen a site south of Solider Field, on one of the larger parking lots next to the stadium. Could this be the spot for the museum? However, according to the Sun-Times, the mayor's task force has selected a lakefront site at a parking lot in the museum campus, situated next to the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. So, is this parking lot the site that the mayor's task force has chosen? There are a few other parking lots around the museum campus, but no others that are big enough to house a project that would be "comparable to other major cultural institutions" in Chicago.
It's still a little early to get too excited, as San Francisco is still in the fight, however if Chicago moves forward in the bidding process, the museum campus could very well be the home to Chicago's next major cultural institution.
·Lakefront campus recommended for George Lucas interactive museum [Sun-Times]
·Soldier Field parking lots recommended for 'Star Wars' museum [Tribune]
·Chicago Could Be The Home To George Lucas' New Museum [Curbed Chicago]