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George Lucas Eyeing San Francisco Again For Museum Site: Reports

By Alex Nitkin | May 15, 2016 2:02pm | Updated on May 16, 2016 8:34am
 The Lucas Museum as it could look near McCormick Place.
The Lucas Museum as it could look near McCormick Place.
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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

CHICAGO — Following months of legal and political headwinds, it looks like George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, have made good on their vow to "seriously pursue locations outside of Chicago" for the proposed museum.

Lucas has met with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee about the possibility of building the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on the city's Treasure Island, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

Lee "never gave up on the idea" of bringing the museum to San Francisco, he told the Chronicle, after local activists thwarted his plans to build a monument in the city's Presidio area.

Reporter David Matthews discusses the latest Lucas Museum development.

"We have a chance to bring it back, and I want to be open and positive about it," Lee added.

Lucas and Hobson are also exploring possible sites in Los Angeles, the Chronicle reported.

In Chicago, repeated legal challenges by the Friends of the Parks group have left Mayor Rahm Emanuel grasping to a vision for the museum along the city's lakefront.

Earlier this month, Emanuel warned against efforts "to lure that museum away from Chicago to Los Angeles or San Francisco," adding, "That would be a loss."

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