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He's back.

Garth Brooks is ready to step into the spotlight again as he launches his Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood at the Allstate Arena tonight in Rosemont.

It's been 17 years since the country music superstar, who retired from performing for eight years in 2001, has starred in the Chicago area. And fans quickly snatched up 200,000 tickets for the Grammy winner's 11 Rosemont shows.

Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Fans cheer on country music star Garth Brooks as he performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Fans cheer on country music star Garth Brooks as he performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Fans cheer on country music star Garth Brooks as he performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Fans cheer on country music star Garth Brooks as he performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks speaks at a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
Garth Brooks speaks at a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks speaks at a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
Garth Brooks speaks at a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks says Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens was influential in bringing his show back to Allstate Arena during a press conference at the Skyline Room on Thursday.
Garth Brooks says Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens was influential in bringing his show back to Allstate Arena during a press conference at the Skyline Room on Thursday.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks speaks at a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
Garth Brooks speaks at a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks speaks at a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
Garth Brooks speaks at a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks speaks backstage from a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
Garth Brooks speaks backstage from a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks speaks backstage from a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
Garth Brooks speaks backstage from a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks gets fans and press backstage from a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
Garth Brooks gets fans and press backstage from a press conference before his Allstate Arena show at the Skyline Room on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Garth Brooks dummer performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Garth Brooks dummer performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
Country music star Garth Brooks performs at Allstate Arena on Thursday in Rosemont.
George LeClaire | Staff Photographer
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