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 2021 harvest. Follow us on Instagram for updates on our August 2022 honey availability.
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 has grown to 3 hives, while Caroline also maintains hives in community gardens and schools. 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.
If you are contacting us about bees you think are honeybees, and would like us to capture. Please include a photo of the insect/s, so we can quickly verify if they are indeed honeybees.
Photography is credited to Jake Kaufmann Photo