Prepping For The Picnic Finale: Last Minute Tips & Tricks

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In our “Prepping For The Picnic” Finale, Black Widow shares last minute tips and tricks to make your Chosen Few Picnic and Festival experience more enjoyable!


Each year as soon as the Chosen Few announce the dates of the festival the rumors begin.  So here are a few facts directly from the Chosen Few on the festival.

General Admission Tickets are $40 and available online or at the gate.  Children under 12 are free.

Festival Time is as follows: Saturday 8am-9PM (gates open at 7am)

With the tent space packages, you will have the option of either bringing your own 10 x 10 tent (and no larger) to cover your tent space or having Chosen Few supply the tent at a higher cost.  Tent space purchasers are the ONLY attendees allowed to set up on Friday, July 6th.

Tickets (General Admission, VIP, and tent space packages) are on sale now! Click Here to purchase Tickets!

VIP vehicles must arrive at respective lots by 11:00 A.M.



The Traffic:  Chosen Few Festival Traffic is always jammed packed.  This year will also have some additional challenges due to a planned protest on the Dan Ryan Expressway.  My best advice to you is to leave earlier and take side streets. If possible, used shared ride services such as Lyft and Uber (although beware of those “Surge” prices) or carpool with friends. The Chosen Few has an official Uber/Lyft pick up and drop off point at 6300 S. Stoney Island.   Traffic will be bad, PLAN ACCORDINGLY!!!

Parking:  Parking fills up quickly on festival day, the earlier you arrive, the better your chances of finding a decent space.  I must implore you, PAY YOUR PARKING TICKETS!!!  The city is out in full force writing tickets and placing boots on cars!  Pay your tickets or at minimum, get on a payment plan so you aren’t looking at a boot on your car at the end of the night!  Those who purchased parking spaces as part of a package may park in the lot specified in their package.  All vehicles must arrive no later than 11am.  Those who purchased remote lots may park there and there will be continuous shuttle service that will run throughout the event. Remote Parking is $30 per car.


The Line:  This is one of the largest music festivals of the year.  Whether you come at sunrise or during the middle of the day, there will be a wait.  The key is to be patient.   The key is to be organized, have your tickets ready, and your group’s stuff in order.   That helps the line move faster! Lugging stuff into the picnic takes time.  Show each other common courtesy and some patience.  We are all going to have a good time. That starts with a great attitude! I STRONGLY SUGGEST purchasing your tickets in advance. It really helps the line to move faster during the day!

The Police:  If you are a “first responder” I can tell you from experience, the police are usually amicable. They allow us to load our stuff, and then go park our cars, in the morning.  The early morning crowd is friendly and positive. We know we are getting ready to wait so we just enjoy the time, talking and meeting new people!   The end of the evening is a different story. Some years, the police have been agreeable in letting us load our stuff into our cars and other years, they have blocked traffic off and we’ve had to walk with our equipment back and forth.    Try to stay respectful and courteous and hope they do the same.    Just know you will get out…eventually.

The Crowd:  The Chosen Few Festival is a huge reunion.  Have a camera ready because you’ll probably run into people you know!   After 2pm, the park is pretty full and you are just moving around very slowly. Stay patient and enjoy.  

Health and Wellness: It’s a festival and it’s usually hot.  Cool, comfortable shoes and clothes are mandatory.  You are dancing, drinking and walking for the majority of the day so make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day.


Some Do’s!

Bring a good attitude; speak to everyone in the tent, not just the people you know. It’s common courtesy

Have a chair

Say thank you! Your tent hosts have spent a lot of time and money preparing for this.  A little gratitude goes a long way for your friends who got up extra early to ensure you have a place to chill!

Ice and Water are always needed


Portable phone charger and extra batteries

Cash/Credit (for merchandise)

Don't forget Sunscreen, hats, fans, towels, Toliet Paper


 Some Don’ts!

Do not bring a music setup!!! It’s a MUSIC FESTIVAL!!! Music is non-stop all day!

Do not come to a tent you were invited to empty handed! That’s tacky!

Save the drama! This is a drama free festival. 25+ years without one incident, let’s keep it that way.

No chairs on the dance floor!   There’s an entire picnic area full of space for your chairs! Stay off the dance floor! We want to dance!

Bring your grill but do not bring commercial/industrial size grills or propane, kerosene or any type of gas grills.

There is no selling or commercial activity allowed on festival grounds other than authorized vendors and sponsors.  Guest engaging in unauthorized and/or unlawful activity will be removed from festival grounds.

No glass containers, no propane tanks or generators are allowed in the park.

No in/out of parking lots

No fireworks, No firearm

All ticket wristbands are non-transferable, All sales final, no refunds or exchanges

I hope you've enjoyed my "Prepping For The Picnic Series"!  I will be at the Chosen Few Picnic with #WakandaForever Themed tent! You can't miss me! Look for the Black Widow's Web sign and come say hello! I want to speak with Chosen Few Attendees throughout the day for special on-site interviews! I'd love to meet you guys! See you Saturday!!!

See you on the Chosen Few Picnic Dance Floor!

Black Widow



Black Widow

D.Sanders, a Chicago native, is a devoted mother, blogger and writer who is passionate about her family, friends, women's rights, living authentically and telling her story.   She is also a spoken word recording artist under the name, Black Widow. She has been writing and blogging for over 15 years providing commentary and expressing thought on life, love and relationships. Her artistry can be heard on two house music singles, “Rough”, and “Gruv Me” released by Grammy Nominated Producer and CEO of T’s Box Records & T’s Crates, Terry Hunter under the production of Mike Dunn and Dee Jay Alicia. . Both singles reached #1 on Traxsource’s Afrohouse and charted top ten overall as well reaching the top ten in their year of release.  She splits her time blogging about the Chicago Dance Music Scene on and on her book’s website,  She is excited about her debut book, The Sum of Many Things, scheduled for release in June 2017.   She wears many hats but refuses to be placed in a box.  She believes that women are "The Sum of Many Things".  Embracing all of her roles as a woman, she firmly believes in breaking free of preconceived notions of womanhood.   She believes it is her mission to define her own life experience, femininity and sexuality and not have it defined by society.  She openly shares her story with hopes that women understand their worth, power and place in this world.