The announcement of Chicago's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction brought an end to a cycle the band has been through.
"There was knowing that we're eligible for a long time, actually being nominated and then being accepted," trumpeter and co-founder Lee Loughnane tells Billboard. "Y'know, previous to this people who didn't know we weren't in were surprised when they found out. Everybody assumed that we're already in the Hall of Fame. We just kept working."
Now that their induction is a reality, however, Loughnane says, "It's very exciting. I had no idea it would be as exciting as it is. There was never any despairing about it because we were still working and we still are working, whether we're honored with it or not. We've had many other honors given to us previously, and we know full well that you get the honor and then you move on with your life. So it's very exciting and I'm looking very much forward to it. It's very cool to have it happen."