- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’ll work with the community to develop plans for the museum that “Star Wars” creator George Lucas intends to build in Chicago.

Emanuel spoke Tuesday at City Hall about the filmmaker’s decision to locate his planned Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on a parking lot south of Soldier Field.

The mayor says he “can’t thank George and Mellody enough” referring to Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, a prominent businesswoman who’s from Chicago.

Lucas said in a written statement Tuesday that he hopes to open the museum in 2018. The statement said the museum will move existing parking spaces underground and replace acres of asphalt with more parkland along the lakefront. Architectural drawings will be presented to the city in early fall.

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