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The classic mingling of brass instruments and rock sounds blend in the music of legendary group Chicago.

The band, which was first formed in 1967 as The Big Thing, later taking on the moniker Chicago Transit Authority, is still prominent on the touring scene.

Region fans will once again have the opportunity to rock during a Chicago concert when the group brings its show to Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan on Nov. 10.

Lee Loughnane, trumpet player for Chicago, said he and the band are looking forward to coming back to Four Winds Casino where they'll perform in the casino's Silver Creek Event Center. Touring, he added, is still something he looks forward to.

"We're still enjoying it," Loughnane said, during a recent telephone interview. "I still get to do for a living what I started doing when I was 11 years old. And now it's 50 years later." He added playing the trumpet has brought him much joy through the years. "I've always loved playing the trumpet."

Loughnane said the band is still on the road regularly and doing about 100 dates or more a year. The musician said when he does get home though, he likes to "hang out with my son."

Performing in the Chicago area, close to it or in the Midwest in general, Loughnane said, is quite a special thing.

"We usually like to come to Chicago at least once a year," he said. The group will also be doing an engagement in Las Vegas. Chicago will perform at The Venetian Resort from Feb. 8 to 23.

Among Chicago's recent projects and releases is a remake of "Chicago II," released in August; a vinyl debut of "Live at The Isle of Wight"; and a release of the CD/DVD "Greatest Hits Live."

Loughnane said the band members are still writing music. "What we would love to do is make more records," he said, adding in this different day and age of digital music and different ways of getting one's music out there, it's a bit more difficult. "(We have to look at) how to get that accomplished," he said.

The musician said fans can expect a two-hour show of hits at the Four Winds. That will include songs "from the first album to the present."

During a past interview Loughnane said he loves to perform. "That's something that never changed with the band from the first time we got together and played. Performance has always been what propels us and keeps us going," Loughnane said.

Loughnane is a Chicago native who grew up in Elmwood Park, Illinois. To learn more about the group, visit


Entertainment Editor/Features Reporter

Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.