Chicago: Performing at Ravinia

The first time I heard the band I was riding in a car. Most songs we remember back then we heard in a car. My mother heard them too and asked what song that was on the radio. Does anyone really know what time it is? It was different from most rock and roll at the time. There were horns; trumpets and trombones. 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 because of a lawsuit.

Their first record (April 1969), Chicago Transit Authority, was a double album. According to Wikipedia,the album made it to No. 17 on the Billboard 200 album chart, sold over one million copies by 1970, and was awarded a platinum disc. The album included a number of pop-rock songs – Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, Beginnings, Questions 67 and 68, and I’m a Man – which were later released as singles. Not having the first album, I did buy the second sometimes known as Chicago II released in 1970 and was a double album.

I would play 25 and 6 to 4 or Make Me Smile at home pretending I was a professional dancer or twirling a baton on fire. And Beginnings or Color My World  was the popular make out song at many of our junior high, high school or university dances. Saturday in the Park was an outdoor song; popular on the fourth of July…still is. I remember playing it outdoors as much as the outdoors would allow. After that, I had to have Chicago VI released in 1973 that included Just You and Me and Feeling Stronger Everyday.

My first boyfriend, my first year in college, had passed away in a car accident in 1974. The single Wishing You Were Here came out the same year always causing tears even today in 2019….reminding me of the days spent with Terry.  If You Leave Me Now, you’ll take away the biggest part of me released in 1976 is another reminder of young love lost.

Chicago has sold over 100 million records with 47 albums earning gold and platinum certification; probably one of the best selling rock and roll bands of all time. One of the longest running bands as well. Original band members that still play include Lee David Loughnane who was born in Elmwood Park, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. Robert Lamm moving to Chicago, Illinois, when he was 15 years old. He studied art in high school, particularly drawing and painting, but changed direction in college by enrolling in the music program at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Born in St. Louis, Missouri of German and Irish descent, Pankow moved with his family to Park Ridge, Illinois at the age of eight, where he started playing the trombone at St. Paul of the Cross Elementary School.

Married in the late 1980s, Your The Inspiration coming out in 1984 was played and danced by many at my wedding. The song was written by David Foster and Peter Cetera. Sung by Cetera,a founding member and the song, alone, won honors for him.

Having decided to write an article, I had no idea that Chicago will be performing next month at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL August 10th and 11th at 7:30 pm and it looks likes tickets are available from 125 dollars. Lawn seats are currently sold out.

Chicago has been touring for 52 years being a part of my heart, my soul, my energies and countless hours of musical memories. Given the bands impressive history, somewhere, at sometime, this iconic, legendary rock and roll band with horns has touched your life too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zuru’s Bunch O Balloons to Make a Big Splash

At Nickelodeon’s Inaugural U.S. Slimefest Music Festival June 9-10th: Chicago

ZURU’s Bunch O Balloons mascot, MR. SUMMER, Will Kick Off Festivities at the Bunch O Balloons Booth

Leading international toy and consumer products company, ZURU™, announced plans to make a big splash with the company’s Bunch O Balloons product at Nickelodeon SlimeFest, the first multi-day music festival for kids and families in the U.S.  The Bunch O Balloons experiential space will allow families to “plunge” themselves in the innovative water balloon line with activities including the MR. SUMMER Dunk Tank and Bunch O Balloons GIF Booth. Attendees will get the chance to meet MR. SUMMER, the live manifestation of summer fun and the mascot for the company’s innovative water balloon line.  Nickelodeon SlimeFest will be held at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10.

“We are extremely excited to be part of the very first Nickelodeon SlimeFest in the U.S.,” said Renee Lee, Global Marketing Manager, ZURU. “We are planning to make our mark with family festival goers as they immerse themselves in Bunch O Balloons activities, win prizes, and better yet, celebrate the weekend with MR. SUMMER himself.”

The global Kickstarter sensation, Outdoor Category best-seller and two time Outdoor Toy of the Year winner, Bunch O Balloons by ZURU are revolutionary self-sealing and biodegradable water balloons that quickly and easily fills and ties 100 water balloons in less than 60 seconds. Learn more at www.bunchoballoons.com.

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