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Chicago wins George Lucas museum
Chicago Tribune ^ | 6-25-14 | Melissa Harris

Posted on 06/25/2014 8:05:41 PM PDT by bigbob

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas has selected Chicago over Los Angeles and San Francisco as the future home of his collection of art and movie memorabilia, according to a spokeswoman for the museum.

The museum's board Wednesday is expected to vote on a name change — from the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — and destination.

Pending approval by the Chicago Plan Commission, Lucas' institution would be built on what are now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place and would open in 2018. Architectural renderings will be presented to city officials in early fall, according to a statement from the museum.

The decision to select Chicago reflects both a bungling of the billionaire's legacy project by the board of a national park in San Francisco as well as an aggressive lobbying effort by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicago; lucas; museum; starwars
A nice win for the Windy City. The statistics on the number of tourists is interesting.
1 posted on 06/25/2014 8:05:41 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

Nice place for it too, if Lucas moves the parking lots underground as the article suggests.


2 posted on 06/25/2014 8:08:44 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: bigbob

The Presidio, a very large piece of land in San Francisco (a former civil war army base) would have been a terrific situs for this, and Geo Lucas worked with the dweebs who run the Presidio for many, many years. They probably pissed him off one too many times, and made him change the very nice, neo-classic and tasteful design at least three times. Too bad, so sad.


3 posted on 06/25/2014 8:10:06 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: bigbob

Chicago? Why? Los Angeles makes more sense.

Oh well, at least I’m more likely to go to Chicago than LA.


4 posted on 06/25/2014 8:10:35 PM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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As are many people, evidently. The Chicago museum complex is pretty hard to beat, and this will add something really distinctive.


5 posted on 06/25/2014 8:16:58 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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So what? Chicago deserves it? Not in a hundred years. The fool on the hill comes from the shooting capitol of the US. We should celebrate this? What a joke.
6 posted on 06/25/2014 8:23:01 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: bigbob

Those statistics are complete bull***, like everything else out of Rahm’s mouth.


7 posted on 06/25/2014 8:25:00 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Fungi

Hey, listen . . . if I want to build a museum (to my own work, but that’s a different story), I have to keep an eye on who the rest of the schlubs in this country voted into the Oval Office?


8 posted on 06/25/2014 8:25:29 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Thorliveshere

I think Darth Vader would appreciate the way things get done in Chicago! /s;)


9 posted on 06/25/2014 8:30:37 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Thorliveshere

Google his wife, Mellody Hobson.


10 posted on 06/25/2014 8:33:23 PM PDT by maggief
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To: 1rudeboy

Going by the RATS own criteria, yes. I like your handle rude one.


11 posted on 06/25/2014 8:34:03 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: bigbob


12 posted on 06/25/2014 8:46:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: bigbob
If I'm in the area I'd stop by for the American Graffiti memorabilia.
13 posted on 06/25/2014 8:46:39 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

They couldn’t put the George Lucas museum in the presidio anyway- that’s where starfleet academy is going to be starting in the 22nd century.

CC


14 posted on 06/25/2014 8:48:55 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: bigbob
Does anyone who isn't a Chicagoan realize that Lucas would be better off, and safer, building his museum in Baghdad or Kabul?

Anyone who goes to Mosul-By-The-Lake will be able to participate in the Clone Wars, up close and personal, in the parking garage.

I offer, in evidence: Second City Cop

15 posted on 06/25/2014 8:55:39 PM PDT by jonascord (Laeti vescimur nos subacturis)
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16 posted on 06/25/2014 9:07:22 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: bigbob
But will they feature anything on this?
17 posted on 06/25/2014 9:08:41 PM PDT by tellw
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To: jonascord

Chicago is a big place, and I can see that you’ve never been there.


18 posted on 06/25/2014 9:09:10 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: jonascord

I live in the Chicago area. Downtown Chicago is pretty safe. There are many high-rise residential buildings mixed in with all the commercial office towers. That along with all the things to do make downtown Chicago pretty nice. One of the slogans for Chicago is a City of Neighborhoods. And when u leave downtown, some of those neighborhoods are pretty dangerous. It’s just that downtown is relatively safe and affluent.


19 posted on 06/25/2014 9:09:24 PM PDT by BJ1
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To: tellw

I remember watching that. It was so bad. There are no words.


20 posted on 06/25/2014 9:11:30 PM PDT by Fellow Traveler
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To: BJ1

Truthfully, white neighborhoods in Chicago are almost as safe as anywhere else in the country. Out of 3-400 murders in Chicago last year less than 10% were of non-Hispanic whites.


21 posted on 06/25/2014 9:21:05 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: Fungi

Not sure where you got that idea, but Baltimore, Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and even Buffalo have higher shootings per capita than Chicago.


22 posted on 06/26/2014 6:30:05 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Lurker

Oh sure, all of Chicago’s museums and other businesses dependent on the tourist trade just magically stay profitable even though nobody comes to patronize them.


23 posted on 06/26/2014 6:32:08 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Fair enough, then one of the highest, but even then it is too high.


24 posted on 06/26/2014 1:14:30 PM PDT by Fungi
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