Portage Park Mural Cheers on Blackhawks

By Heather Cherone on May 8, 2014 6:37am 

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  The red, black and white mural featuring the Blackhawks' Indianhead logo became a neighborhood landmark.
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PORTAGE PARK — A mural in Portage Park makes no small demands of the Chicago Blackhawks as they battle their way through the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Let's Make It Six!" 

Ches Perry, the owner of of Right Way Signs in Jefferson Park, updated the giant mural rooting on the Blackhawks as they seek the team's sixth Stanley Cup title, said Alex Perry, his son.

"We didn't want to go all out," Alex Perry said. "We didn't want to jinx anything in the series with the Minnesota Wild."

Heather Cherone joins DNAinfo Radio to chat about the ever-changing Blackhawks mural:

The Perrys — self-proclaimed hockey fanatics who live and die with the Hawks — created the mural at 4251 N. Milwaukee Ave. a year ago after the Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup finals. The Hawks would go on to beat the Boston Bruins in six games to claim their fifth championship.

When the Hawks won their second title since 2010, the red, black and white mural featuring the Blackhawks' Indian head logo became a neighborhood landmark and turned Ches Perry into a bit of a local celebrity. The Hawks also won Stanley Cups in 1934, 1938 and 1961.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-seven series with the Wild two games to one with Game 4 on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in St. Paul. While the Blackhawks lost Tuesday to the Wild, Alex Perry said he was confident the team would bounce back and advance to the next round of the playoffs.

And once that happens, the Perrys plan to update the mural again.

"We're going to do something a little bit different," Alex Perry said. "We're excited."

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