George Lucas

George Lucas will speak in Chicago in an event tied to Chicago Ideas Week. (Bloomberg file photo / September 2, 2014)

Star Wars creator George Lucas has booked his first semi-public appearance in Chicago since announcing his plans to build an art museum on the lakefront next to Soldier Field.

Lucas will speak as part of Chicago Ideas Week's Edison Talks on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, according to Ideas Week executive director Jessica Malkin.
The day's worth of talks are invitation-only, but Malkin said the public can apply to attend online. If an application is accepted, tickets will cost $99.

Malkin said Lucas will speak for about 30 to 45 minutes around midday.

Lucas recently announced the architects and landscape designers for his Museum of Narrative Art, which is expected to be built on 17 acres between Soldier Field and McCormick Place. The land is currently used for parking lots. 

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