By Melissa Harris
1:01 AM EDT, April 18, 2014
The city of Chicago has created a webpage where residents can submit ideas and recommend sites for filmmaker George Lucas' cultural arts museum, which will house a trove of the Star Wars creator's artwork and movie memorabilia.
The comment submission form can be found at www.cityofchicago.org/LucasMuseum. In addition to reviewing online comments, a 12-member task force appointed by the mayor will hold a public hearing from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Preston-Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.
The site selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, after the task force makes its recommendations in mid-May, will compete against at least one site under consideration in San Francisco, where the Star Wars creator spent most of his life, as well as proposals from other cities interested in landing the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
Chicago is able to vie for the museum only because a national park board rejected Lucas' preferred site in San Francisco earlier this year. Following that decision from the Presidio Trust, Lucas, who is married to Chicagoan Mellody Hobson, decided to accept proposals from other cities.
Polk Bros. Foundation chief executive Gillian Darlow and Kurt Summers, a former chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, are leading the Chicago task force.
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