Written by Rebecca Rothschild
Initially San Francisco was going to be home to the Lucas Cultural Arts museum, however the city officials denied Lucas the spot he wanted with a prime view of the Golden Gate Bridge and now he’s looking elsewhere, much to the delight of Chicago. As soon as the word got out Lucas was shopping for other cities, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been at Lucas’ side selling Chicago as the best choice.
Last night the Chicago Cultural Arts center was host to an open forum to discuss possible site locations for the museum. To start, we watched a short video that had Lucas explain his vision for the museum, which would match the scale of our current establishments like the Science and Industry and Field museums. Lucas expressed that he did not want the museum to cost the tax payers a dime, he wants a green establishment that reaches out to youth while and ample adjacent resources.
The museum would not just be home to countless Lucas film props and memorabilia. The youth outreach was pretty dominant in his vision, expressing that he wants to introduce children to the worlds of art, digital art, fashion, costume and cinematic design and film making. Lucas wants the museum to reach out to its community and enhance it, so placement is a huge part of the discussion. All attendees who wanted to speak were given a chance including myself and Geek Bar Founder Matt Wolf. (To see a section of Wolf’s moving speech CLICK HERE, to see my interview with the Tribune, CLICK HERE)
There were lots of ideas thrown around about where it could go, including the Pullman neighborhood, the museum campus and even Grant Park. I personally, along with a strong amount of others in the room, have my heart set on the south side, which would take full advantage of the youth outreach and the jobs. Carnegie’s steel mill is since gone and there is a pristine 600 acres in the South Shore area that is screaming for attention. As one retired postman and fireman put it, “if it was good enough for Carnegie, it’s good enough for Lucas.” I Couldn’t agree more. I also like the South Shore location for logistical reasons such as traffic and parking. Here’s hoping Chicago comes out a winner on this one.