SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art is going to Chicago rather than the San Francisco waterfront.
Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision Tuesday. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker, but the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the nation’s third-largest city.
The Sun-Times first reported the story and KCBS confirmed, Lucas reached a deal for the museum on Chicago’s lakefront, after a failed bid to build in San Francisco’s Presidio. It was unclear for weeks whether Chicago or San Francisco would be selected.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee lamented the loss in a statement.
“I am disappointed that San Francisco will not benefit from this renowned art collection and significant private investment by Mr. Lucas that would have been enjoyed by our families and children for generations to come,” he said.
Lucas had worked with the Presidio Trust for more than four years on plans to build in Crissy Field on a location currently occupied by a Sports Basement store. When the Trust declined, they suggested alternate sites within the Presidio. Lee called their decision “unwise”.
“The Lucas proposal was not compatible with the character of the National Historic Landmark status and National Park setting,” said Nancy Hellman Bechtle, chair of the Presidio Trust board of directors, in a statement.