CHICAGO - Not "in a galaxy far, far away," but in right in northern Illinois is where Star Wars fans may end their search for "The Force." The Windy City is in competition with San Francisco to be home to Star Wars creator George Lucas' art and memorabilia collection.
After the site Lucas was seeking in the San Francisco area was rejected by park authorities, Chicago tourism reps approached the filmmaker and began actively searching for just the right location to display Lucas $1 Billion Star Wars collection.
“The mayor’s office has said, 'We are very interested in finding a possible site for you in Chicago.’ George is very excited that Chicago understands the educational and philanthropic gift this museum represents. This is a gift of philanthropy worth well over $1 billion considering the art, warehouse, museum and future endowment heretofore made by Carnegie, Mellon, Rockefeller and Smithson. We are looking for Chicago to tell us where they would like us to be," Chicago media reports.
Lucas married Chicago businesswoman Mellody Hobson last year, and Chicago has become Lucas' second home.