House music originated from humble beginnings in Chicago and has since grown into a worldwide phenomenon, often blending with pop and dance music to appeal to mainstream audiences. This dance genre, which got its start in the early 1980s, is still hugely popular in Chicago and your best chance to celebrate it is July 3-6 during the Chosen Few Picnic Weekend.
This annual festival is highlighted by the signature 24th annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic on Saturday, July 5 in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive. The picnic started as a small reunion of a few friends - a close group of South Side Chicago DJs and producers - that evolved into one of the largest single-day dance festivals in the country, bringing in more than 45,000 attendees every year.
The Picnic will feature the legendary Chosen Few DJs Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn, as well as a live performance by Jocelyn Brown and special guests Pharris Thomas and DJ Lil John. Make sure you have a great picnic setup with tent, grill and the works, as these talented DJs will be laying beats down for hours.
Like the reunion of friends back in 1990 when the Picnic was started, the Chosen Few DJs Picnic resembles a giant get-together - families and friends catch up, have cookouts and groove to some great music, all on a giant grassy dance floor. It's a unique party, creating a close-knit feel that other major festivals simply don't have.
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