A Chicago sign painter’s love of his craft – and the Blackhawks – has produced a 20-foot-by-30-foot Blackhawk emblem on a Northwest Side building.
Maneuvering through the air on a hydraulic lift attached to a van, Ches Perry works on the painted face of a Blackhawk.
“To me, this is not work. It’s a hobby… It’s fun. I could do this seven days a week, day and night. I don’t care.”
And when he’s not painting signs, 63-year-old Ches Perry is playing hockey.
“I play hockey twice a week. Sometimes I play three times a week.”
The most difficult part of doing the 600 square foot sign: putting the pattern up on the wall.
And then – it’s a matter of filling in the color.
“It’s kind of like a paint-by-number, but not quite. It’s a little harder than that.”
Perry does love the Blackhawks, but he is still a Canadian citizen. And even though he’s lived in Chicago since 1970, he is a Montreal Canadiens fan.
“If they’re not playing the Hawks, I root for them.”
The sign is in the 4200 block of North Milwaukee.