When it comes to hockey fandom in one Chicago family, like father, like son.
Father and son duo, Ches Perry and Alex Perry of ‘Right Way Signs,’ spent most of Tuesday working on a giant Blackhaws mural on the side of a building at 4251 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Portage Park, WGN reports.
Alex Perry told DNAinfo Chicago his dad the biggest hockey fan in Chicago who watches regardless of the players or the team's track record.
It's that love that also prompted him to tackle the 20-foot by 30-foot brick wall mural, painted as a "labor of love" with roughly $100 worth of paint; according to DNAinfo, if the artwork had been a custom job, the price would have been more like $4,000 and $6,000.
The side of the Portage Park business isn't the only place in the Windy City that's caught a touch of the Blackhawks fever in advance of Wednesday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals: The Chinese Guardian Lions outside the ritzy Peninsula hotel down are decked in Hawks jerseys, while the famous lions standing guard outside The Art Institute are decked out in Hawks helmets.
The show of Blackhawks pride even extended past the museum doors, with one of the AIC's most famous paintings — Grant Woods' "American Gothic" — inspired an "American Blackhawk" version:
— Art Institute (@artinstitutechi) June 12, 2013
As the team prepares to face off against the Boston Bruins in Chicago Wednesday evening, politicians are making their allegiances known, with plenty of hometown spoils at stake.
An afternoon statement from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's office announced that he and fellow Sen. Mark Kirk were wagering several "home-state products on the line" in a bet with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. William “Mo” Cowan.
Even President Obama couldn't resist a little gentle ribbing of Bruins fans on Wednesday -- while addressing a crowd in Boston: