A total of four singles were released from the album, all of which placed in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The success of the singles propelled Chicago 17 to achieve an RIAA certification of six times platinum. Chicago 17 remains the biggest-selling album in the band's history.
In 2006, Rhino Entertainment remastered and reissued the album, using the original analog versions of "Please Hold On" (which was co-written with Lionel Richie who was enjoying success from his album Can't Slow Down) and "Prima Donna" and adding a Robert Lamm demo, "Here Is Where We Begin" as a bonus track.
"*" indicates an original analog version on the Rhino re-release "**" indicates a bonus track on the Rhino re-release
Some songs were recorded during the Chicago 17 sessions but not released. Sweet Marie by Bill Champlin was intended to be released for the album, but instead only performed live in 1983-1984. The original demo version remains uncirculated. Good For Nothing was planned to be on the album. It was later released on the We Are the World superstar charity album in 1985. This is the last released Chicago song to feature Peter Cetera on vocals. Robert Lamm sings lead vocals in a demo version of Hard Habit to Break.
Peter Cetera – bass guitar on "Stay The Night"; lead and background vocals, arrangements on "Stay The Night", "Along Comes A Woman", "You're The Inspiration", and "Prima Donna"; vocal arrangements on "Remember The Feeling"