News and Events

Monthly Membership Meeting

The Cook DuPage Beekeepers will hold their monthly meeting on the evening of February 21 at Christ Lutheran Church of Clarendon Hills, located on the northwest corner of Rt. 83 and 55th Street. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7 pm. Please come early and chat with fellow beekeeping friends. Snacks to share are welcome.

Members Pete Soltesz, John Hansen, and Thad Smith will discuss pests and maladies of the beehive. The focus will be on varroa mite monitoring and identification of viruses the mites vector throughout the beehive. Viruses recently identified in northern Illinois including Acute Bee Paralysis Virus, Deformed Wing Virus, and Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus will be discussed.

Advanced Beekeeping 1-Day Workshop – Cook County Farm Bureau

The Advanced Beekeepers’ Workshop is designed for beekeepers with at least one full season of beekeeping under their belt. Select topics covered in detail include: small scale queen rearing techniques, recognition of Pests, Predators, Parasites and Disease, organic treatments, seasonal best practices, spring start-up, fall and wintering best practices, honey flow, swarm prevention, collection, and extractions. A round –table discussion will be covered in detail, and class participation is recommended. It is a 6 hour program running, Saturday, February 21, 2014. Class is located at the Cook County Farm Bureau.  Register for the class by calling the Cook County Farm Bureau office at 708-354-3276 or by emailing

Price: CCFB /CDBA member fee is $40 and non-member fee is $70 if registered by Monday, February 16th.
Date: February 21, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 3:30 pm

Additional Chicago Area Winter Beekeeping Classes

There are a number of classes for beginner beekeepers offered in Chicago and the suburbs.  Follow this link to find out more information on some of the classes offered.


Cook-DuPage Beekeepers Mentoring Get Together

The next mentoring get together will be held on Sunday, March 1st at 8:00 am.  The informal get together meets at the York Rd. McDonalds in Hinsdale. It’s a good opportunity to meet with other beekeepers in the area to “Talk Bees” and share some knowledge over a cup of coffee and an Egg McMuffin.  For further information and directions, visit the Calendar of Events page.

Mentoring meeting

For Sale!

Do you have some beekeeping related merchandise that you would like to sell?  Are you a member of the Cook Dupage Beekeepers Association?  If you answered ‘Yes’ to both questions, you may now list your items on the new For Sale page.   Please use the Contact Us page to submit information about any items you would like to sell.