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Chicago in 2004 (l–r): Howland, Pankow, Champlin, Parazaider, Imboden, Loughnane, Scheff and Lamm (behind Scheff)
Background information
Also known as The Big Thing, The Chicago Transit Authority
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active 1967–present
Associated acts
  • Robert Lamm
  • Lee Loughnane
  • James Pankow
  • Walter Parazaider
  • Keith Howland
  • Lou Pardini
  • Walfredo Reyes Jr.
  • Ray Herrmann
  • Neil Donell
  • Brett Simons
  • Ramon Yslas
Past members
  • Terry Kath
  • Danny Seraphine
  • Peter Cetera
  • Laudir de Oliveira
  • Donnie Dacus
  • Chris Pinnick
  • Bill Champlin
  • Jason Scheff
  • Dawayne Bailey
  • Tris Imboden
  • Bruce Gaitsch
  • Drew Hester
  • Daniel de los Reyes
  • Jeff Coffey

Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968 before shortening the name in 1969. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began writing politically charged rock music, and later moved to a softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In September 2008, Billboard ranked Chicago at number thirteen in a list of the top 100 artists of all time for Hot 100 singles chart success, and ranked them at number fifteen on the same list produced in October 2015. Billboard also ranked Chicago ninth on the list of the hundred greatest artists of all time in terms of Billboard 200 album chart success in October 2015. Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world's best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. In 1971, Chicago was the first rock act to sell out Carnegie Hall for a week.

To date, Chicago has sold over 40 million units in the U.S., with 23 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. They have had five consecutive number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and 20 top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1974 the group had seven albums, its entire catalog at the time, on the Billboard 200 simultaneously. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2017, original band members Peter Cetera, Robert Lamm, and James Pankow were elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame for their songwriting efforts as members of the music group.

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