The Star Wars creator picked the city as the location for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum after local officials in San Francisco, California rejected the plans amid fears the proposed building would be "too big" and "inappropriate".

After announcing he had set his sights on the Windy City, Lucas faced opposition from park conservationists who filed a lawsuit in a bid to stop the museum being built on a picturesque spot close to the Soldier Field sports stadium.

Members of local parks advocacy group, Friends of the Parks, sued city bosses and officials at the Chicago Park District last year (14), but it has now emerged the site has won the backing of the local council.

Members have voted to approve the plans, which now include several concessions such as extra parking spaces for sports fans and the addition of park space close to Lake Michigan.

"The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be an incredible addition to Chicago's Museum Campus," says the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel. "The Lucas Museum will join the 56 other museums in Chicago to provide new cultural and educational benefits for generations to come. And the new parkland will add more open greenspace that will be enjoyed by residents across the city."

Lucas continues to face opposition from the park enthusiasts, who have vowed to continue to fight the plans.

The museum is slated to hold the moviemaker's extensive art collection as well as memorabilia from his Hollywood career.