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Chosen Few Picnic Is Canceled, Will Be Held Virtually

Those who purchased tickets can save them for the 2021 picnic or request a refund by May 22.

A fan throws up the peace sign at the 2019 Chosen Few Picnic in Jackson Park.
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WOODLAWN — The Chosen Few Picnic is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the DJ crew announced Friday.

This year’s celebration will instead be held virtually July 4. And the 30th anniversary celebration, originally set for this summer, will be held in Jackson Park in 2021.

“Like many of you, we want nothing more than to get together with our fellow house music lovers in person, just as we have done for the past 29 Julys,” the Chosen Few DJs said in a statement. “However, given the extraordinary time we are in, and the critical health dangers associated with large gatherings, we know this is the safest course of action.”

Those who purchased tickets can save them for the 2021 picnic or request a refund by May 22.

The free virtual gathering, now called the Chosen Few In-House Picnic & Festival, will be held July 4. Donations to the crew will be accepted, with a portion going to charity.

“More concrete details” on the virtual event will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We pray that you and your loved ones are taking good care of yourselves and each other, following public health directives and advice, and keeping music close to your heart,” the statement reads.

Many other festivals have been canceled or postponed because of the outbreak, including the Silver Room Block Party and the city’s Blues Fest.

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