Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks performs during We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. (Scott Strazzante / Chicago Tribune / January 18, 2009)

Garth Brooks has announced he will be returning to Chicago for the first time in 17 years. Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be playing the Allstate Arena on Thursday, September 4.

The announcement comes a day after Brooks confirmed the cancellation of his five planned concerts in Dublin next week.

Late last year, Brooks announced that he planned to end his self-imposed hiatus from touring, which he entered in 2001 with a commitment to be a full-time father to his three daughters until all were of college age. In January, plans for a “Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event” at Croke Park Stadium were unveiled, and two shows quickly sold out. A third was added and sold out quickly, followed by two more, which also sold out within minutes of going on sale.

But after six months of planning of various aspects of the shows between the promoter and stadium officials, the Dublin City Council two weeks ago voted to approve only three of the five dates, citing an agreement between operators of the stadium and the city limiting non-sporting special events at Croke Park to three per year.

Brooks said he would play all five shows or none, and Aiken Promotions subsequently announced that all five were canceled.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m. and cost $65.50 (including service charge) for any seat at the event. Go to ticketmaster.com for more information.