Singer/guitarist/group founder Terry Kath died of a foolhardy, self-inflicted gunshot wound, delivering a devastating blow to the band, but Chicago later moved on and recorded "Hot Streets".
According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to The Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles.
Despite boasting a top five hit single in "Will You Still Love Me?", "Chicago 18" (1986) only went gold. However, the band recovered with "Chicago 19", released in the spring of 1988. Among its singles, "I Don't Want to Live Without Your Love" made the top five, "Look Away" topped the charts, and "You're Not Alone" made the top ten as the album went platinum.
The band was formed when a group of DePaul University music students began playing a series of late-night jams at clubs on and off campus.
Despite the personnel changes over the years, the group still keeps active more than three-and-a-half decades after its founding.