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George Lucas moves his museum plans to Chicago

Star Wars creator George Lucas has shifted his museum plans from San Francisco to Chicago.

The New York Times reports that Lucas had trouble gaining permission to build a private museum from San Francisco officials, so he has shifted his focus to the Midwest. The museum will showcase memorabilia from Lucas' 40-year career as a filmmaker as well as pieces from his own art collection.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is slated to open in 2018, and Lucas has pledged $700 million for its construction. "Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the museum," Lucas said in a statement, "but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area."