Chicago is a classic rock band formed in 1967 and still going strong.
Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in five decades. In Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 100 artists of all time, Chicago came in at #13, the highest charting American band.
The current line-up includes original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds, as well as Jason Scheff on bass, vocals, Tris Imboden on drums, Keith Howland on guitar, Lou Pardini on keyboards, vocals and Drew Hester on percussion.
Lifetime achievements include a Grammy Award, multiple AmericanMusic Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Chicago street dedicated in their honor, and keys to and proclamations from an impressive list of US cities.
Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. Anincredible 25 of their 33 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards.
Chicago annually invites fans to bid on the chance to join the band onstage during their tours to sing one of their hits, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Chicago has generously supported other charitable causes in the past. For the 17th straight year, Chicago has donated a portion of ticket sales to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, which seeks a cure to the fatalchildren’s disease, Niemann-Pick Type C.
The band also donates an additional portion of ticket sales to help raise money for Hannah and Friends, which works to improve the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. Hannah & Friends is the personal mission of Maura Weis and her husband, Charlie Weis, the current coach at the University of Kansas.
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