San Francisco Working Overtime to Keep George Lucas Museum Out of Chicago

If Presidio won't do, SF ready to offer George Lucas other museum sites.

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    Chicago -- or San Francisco? Both cities may fight for the right to have George Lucas's museum.

    It's a battle between rival mayors for the ultimate prize: George Lucas's collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and Star Wars movie memorabilia.

    And to defeat Chicago, Mayor Ed Lee is willing to offer up the farm, according to reports.

    Lucas, rebuffed by the Presidio for the chance to place his $700 million museum there, is now actively courting -- and being courted by -- Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    However, Lee is not willing to let such a prize go lightly, and is furiously looking for alternative sites in San Francisco to offer Lucas, the Business Times reported.

    These could include the Piers 30-32 site abandoned by the Warriors, the newspaper reported, as well as a nearby Seawall Lot owned by the Port.

    A spokesman for Lucas would say only that the efforts of both mayors are "appreciated."

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