'Star Wars' creator George Lucas opens a museum in Chicago
Out of this world
After semi-retiring from Hollywood in 2012, Star Wars and Indiana Jones director George Lucas has announced that he will open a museum in Chicago to showcase both his 40-year career as a filmmaker and the extensive art collection he has amassed along the way.
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is set to open in 2018, and Lucas will put down at least $700 million to finance it. In addition to paraphernalia from the sets of his films, the museum will house his immense collection of American art by painters such as Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth.
The director said in a statement that choosing the museum's location proved to be a, "difficult decision," and only came after fierce bidding between Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The latter was in fact his first choice, due to the fact that he grew up there, but he turned his attention elsewhere when he couldn't secure his desired location on the city's waterfront.