Southport Corridor Bees is an urban beekeeping project with hives visible to the community in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Founded in 2019 our ambitions are to place honeybee hives in community gardens, schools, urban farms, and other shared, visible spaces. We believe keeping honeybees where people can see them, introduces the community to an understanding of insects that is often lacking. You can find the Southport Corridor Bees hard at work pollinating within a few blocks of the hive and as far as 5 miles away. Slow down, look at the flowers, visit the apiary and watch the bees as they work.
Swarms are a natural process in the life of a honeybee colony, its how they reproduce! If you have discovered a swarm of honey bees on or near your property: email us immediately and we’ll safely re-home them.
Free of charge, but donations are warmly accepted.
If you suspect honey bees or bumblebees have moved into your home, email us a photo/video of the insect so we can confirm their identity. We can safely and responsibly relocate honeybee and bumblebee colonies.
Cost: determined by difficulty of removal
Our honey is hyper-local to the nectar flavors of the Lakeview neighborhood. It is raw and unfiltered, which means it is not heated or filtered during extraction, and therefore retains its natural properties. The result is thick with traces of wax, pollen, and propolis. It crystallizes quickly – within about four months – that’s how you know its the good stuff!
We are sold out of our 2020 harvest. Follow us on Instagram for updates on our August 2021 honey availability.
A two person beehive adventure.
You and a friend will get to suit up, light the smoker, and have a real urban beekeeping experience. You will hold a frame of bees to see and learn the different stages of honeybee development, as well as how bees store honey and pollen. Of course, we will look for the queen (but, fair warning, she can be evasive).
Personal protection veils and gloves will be provided. This experience will last for approximately 1 hour.
Caroline Corboy worked as a professional graphic designer before turning to beekeeping and life spent outdoors. In 2018 she entered and won a contest for seed money to ‘take a shot at doing something you’ve always wanted to’. Starting with two hives in 2019, the apiary grew to three hives in 2020. Caroline no longer works in an office, and couldn’t be happier.
The Southport Corridor Bees are located at at the corner of Cornelia & Bosworth. We love our neighbors, so feel free to walk by for a visit anytime.
Photography is credited to Jake Kaufmann Photo