Raider of the lost art: George Lucas to set up museum in Chicago

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US film director George Lucas with Star Wars character Darth Vader (L) and a Stormtrooper

Hollywood legend George Lucas's museum will be setting up home in Chicago, it has been announced.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) will be constructed on a 17-acre site on the city's museum campus.

"We are honored to be partnering with the city of Chicago and the many cultural, educational and community groups that have come forward with ideas about how the LMNA will add to their work," said Lucas.

The lakefront location is expected to open in 2018 and will house some of the treasures Lucas has amassed throughout his glittering career as a filmmaker.

LMNA will combine narrative art with the evolution of the visual image, focusing on everything from illustration to cinema to the digital arts.

The decision comes as something of a surprise for the many who expected Lucas to go for a San Francisco location.

"Choosing Chicago is the right decision for the Museum, but a difficult decision for me personally because of my strong personal and professional roots in the Bay Area," said Lucas, a California native.

"I thank all Californians who reached out to me in support of the Museum."

Architectural renders for the site are expected to be submitted in the fall.