star wars museum chicagoThe Force is with the Windy City: Chicago has been selected as the location of a museum to be built by George Lucas and host a collection of "Star Wars" memorabilia.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the director will build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on a 17-acre lakefront plot, and exhibit his vast personal collection of film memorabilia and artwork, including a full-scale model of the Millennium Falcon, as well as multiple artifacts showcasing the history of film. Chicago beat out San Francisco and Los Angeles as other potential locations for the museum; Lucas's wife, Mellody Hobson, is from the Windy City, and the couple live there part-time.

Lucas has pledged to spend $700 million of his own money building the museum, and its construction will be funded completely by private money. It's expected to create hundreds of local jobs.

"The museum will house a collection that includes valuable Norman Rockwell paintings, examples of the special effects he pioneered at Industrial Light & Magic, and memorabilia such as the Darth Vader costume," according to a Chicago Tribune report. "The works are wrapped around the theme of storytelling," and the museum is expected to be extremely interactive.

"I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts and architecture," Lucas said in a statement.

The museum is expected to open sometime in 2018.

[via: Chicago Sun-Times, h/t Vanity Fair]

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