Beekeeping in Chicago

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Getting Supplies in Chicago

  • Belmont Feed and Seed, 3036 W. Belmont, Chicago, 773-588-1144.  23 years experience as suppliers of poultry, pigeon, and now beekeeping supplies.  Poultry specialists.


  • Chicago Honey Co-op, In the winter of 2004, three urban beekeepers conceived and created Chicago Honey Co-op. Their original mission was as a job training program, but  has evolved over time into a long term relationship within the community with emphasis on education, healthy eating and awareness of the natural environment.  The organization offers beekeeping classes and hosts a community farm in the North Lawndale area of Chicago.  The organization is moving in 2012 to several new locations, yet undetermined.
  • Bike-A-Bee, an organization devoted to installing bee hives in Chicago public gardens and urban farms.

Classes and Additional Information:

  • Chicago Honey Co-op
    Garfield Park Conservatory
    Angelic Organics
    Sweet Beginnings
    Pilsen Beekeepers Association 

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