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Goodbye, San Francisco; Hello, Chicago: George Lucas Decides

The waiting is over. After an enormous outlay of time and money in an effort to build his cultural museum at Crissy Field in the Presidio, only to be rejected twice, George Lucas is taking it to Chicago.

“When George’s vision for the museum was rejected earlier this year, we began to consider alternate locations outside the Presidio,” said Lucas spokesman David Perry.

The site in Chicago proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is larger than any site in San Francisco, close to transportation and centrally located amid other museums. Additionally, Lucas’s wife is from Chicago.

“Building in Chicago is the right decision for the Museum,” Lucas said. “But the Bay Area will always be my home. … I am profoundly grateful for the enthusiasm and support this project received from the Bay Area community.”

—Marilyn Damon Diamond

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