Last Minute Tips and Tricks from Black Widow!

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Black Widow shares last minute tips and tricks to make your 2019 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 until Friday, July 5th!! They will be $50 at the gate.  Children under 12 are free.

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

  • Load In Time is at 7am-10 am

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

  • After 10 am, there is no re-entry for General Ticket Holders


If you have issues with your ticket order please contacts the customer service team at or 323-908-0607.


The Traffic:  Chosen Few Festival Traffic is always jammed packed.   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. 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.

The Line:  This is one of the largest music festivals of the year with over 40,000 people expected.  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! For those who come early in the morning, please allow the staff to get situated as they open the gates and make sure your stuff is packed properly.  Falling items from carts and such cause a line delay. Try to pack as efficiently as possible so the line moves smoothly.  However, remember 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! If you are come during prime hours, please remember as with any large event or concert, there will be a line.  Be patient, everyone will make it into the park.   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. The Police will block the streets for a while before they open them up for pickup.  You can either wait or lug your stuff to your parking location.  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

  • Check out the Sponsors this year! They are always located near the stage and usually have lots of goodies and free stuff! Go early because supplies are limited!

  • Have a chair or blanket to sit

  • 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

  • Camera/Smartphone

  • Portable phone charger and extra batteries

  • Cash/Credit (for merchandise)

  • Don't forget Sunscreen, hats, fans, towels, Toilet Paper


Some Dont’s!

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

  • Bring your drinks but please put it in containers! No glass!!!

  • 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.


Here are a few links to specific articles for Chosen Few Festival Preparation!


Tent hosts are your die-hard Chosen Few Picnic fans.  We are there from beginning to end and make sure everyone who stops by our tent has an enjoyable experience but it’s not easy! Playing tent hosts requires lots of organization and planning.   I spoke to a few Chosen Few 1st responders and chatted with them about the picnic, why they host and the top essential things a tent host has to have!



As the weeks lead up to the picnic, I wondered, “What makes a great menu at a music festival?”  I reached out to a few local chefs, caterers and grill masters for their advice.  Hopefully it helps as you plan your Chosen Few Menu.  If you have no intentions of cooking at the festival these professionals have menus planned that will be perfect for the Chosen Few Picnic & Festival and can help you cross one item off your ever growing to do list!


Today, we are talking about tent style and décor.  From color schemes to the little extra’s you put in your tent to make it unique, tent décor can create ambiance even at an outdoor festival.  I interviewed, Joi Basely, a long time Chosen Few attendee whose group creates some of the most elaborate and gorgeous tent setups each year and professional event planner, Eva Maria Bridgeforth, president of Events by Eve.  She is experienced in creating fabulous and beautiful events for any occasion.  Today, they are sharing tips, tricks and suggestions for creating a fabulous tent space.



The Chosen Few Picnic & Festival is a huge reunion of friends enjoying a day of house music.  It’s also an incredible display of personal style.  Music Festivals are always known for the eclectic fashion style of their attendees.  The Chosen Few Picnic is no different. Househeads have a style all on their own.  So what do you wear to the Chosen Few Picnic & Festival? Today, we are talking style and fashion for the picnic!

I hope you've enjoyed my "Chosen Few Festival Series"!  I hope to meet some of you this weekend! 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.