21st Annual Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic in Jackson Park | Photo gallery
If you don't know about the Chosen Few, can you really call yourself a Chicagoan? I tend to think not, but what do I know, I've never been to the Chosen Few Old School Picnic—perhaps Chicago's most fabled daytime house music event. Here's the skinny: Williams founded the Chosen Few Disco Corp in 1977. House music originators and old schoolers Wayne Williams, Alan King, Terry Hunter, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett and Jesse Saunders are the Chosen Few DJs, most of whom started spinning dance parties at places like Sauer’s, the Tree of Life, First Impressions and the Loft in the late ’70s and early ’80s, basically before house music was even around. Hunter only joined in 2006 but he's a legend nonetheless. Kim Parham initiated the idea of a reunion picnic in 1990 and decades later it is still going and bigger than ever. This year, their annual reunion featured Ten City live (again, if you don't know "That's the Way Love Is" can you really call yourself a Chicagoan?) and a guest set from House godfather himself Frankie Knuckles. The picnic's so popular you need to show before 8am to be sure of getting in—it's in a park and it sells out. It's so big, they've added a Chosen Few cruise, too. In any case, I'm very pleased that TOC has finally given the Chosen Few Picnic it its due.