GLEN ELLYN – The Morgan family of Glen Ellyn waited outside various doors of the Civic Center for more than an hour before they were finally let inside Monday night to see the Chicago area's newest treasure: the Stanley Cup.
"It was really cool because I know it's just an object, but it's almost like the Beatles were in town, the way people flock to it," said Joe Morgan, who spent just moments with the Cup – enough time to see, touch and pose for a picture with it – together with his wife and three kids.
Despite apparent efforts to keep the Cup's visit on the quiet side, Morgan said there were hundreds gathered along Duane Street in hopes of seeing the famed Cup, which has been traveling through Chicago and its surrounding suburbs since the Blackhawks' victory June 24.
Morgan had previously caught a glimpse of the Cup with his wife, Mary, on June 28 in Tinley Park at the Rush concert, when Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo carried it on stage with members of the band at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.
Big fans of the team, the Morgans catch every game. Unlike Chicago's baseball teams, which have a way of dividing people in the area, the Blackhawks bring Chicago-area residents together, Morgan said.
"Everyone just got the Hawk fever this year," he said. "It really unites the city."