While Chicago offers plenty of trendy hotspots for drinking and occasional live music, a reminder to never count out your local dive bar: you may just see Garth Brooks.

In the midst of his current North American tour, the arena-country hitmaker announced he'd be playing surprise "dive bar" companion dates in honor of his new single with Blake Shelton "Dive Bar" -- kicking off Monday in Chicago.

Brooks shared the news on his Facebook and SiriusXM Radio program "Inside Studio G" Sunday night.

On Monday local country radio stations WUSN-99.5 FM and WEBG-95.5 FM announced Joe's On Weed Street as the venue.

Brooks, music's best-selling solo artist -- selling over 170 million records worldwide, with seven diamond-status certified albums, announced his retirement from recording and performing in 2000. He returned to the stage in 2005, but didn't begin releasing music again until 2014.

Brooks' upcoming album "Fun" is set for release sometime this year.


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