News and Events

Local Honey Contest

Cook Dupage Beekeepers and their families are invited to the 15th Annual Giant Pumpkin Contest, Dessert and local Honey Contests & Youth Pumpkin Decorating Contest.
Please join us and help celebrate this Cook County Farm Bureau fall tradition in its 15th year!

Where: Puckerville Farms, Lemont
When: October 3, 2015 – Saturday
Time: 9 AM – 11 AM
Registration & Event Details: Call 708-354-3276 and ask for Debbie or visit

Click on the Honey Competition Registration Form for more information on how to register

Cook DuPage Beekeepers Annual Banquet – October 17

Who: Anyone interested in beekeeping (bring your friends)
What: CDBA Annual Banquet
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015. Arrive by 6 pm – serving starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 60 – 55th Street, Clarendon Hills, IL
Why: To hear guest speaker Krispn Given

Krispn Given is an apicultural researcher at Purdue University for the past nine years. Krispn works with Dr. Greg Hunt as the Apicultural Research Technician at Purdue University. His responsibilities include: maintaining 110 research colonies, running the Purdue honey bee breeding program, teaching an annual queen rearing short course, managing the honey bee laboratory and extension activities. Krispn also teaches an annual instrumental insemination class each year at the university. His current focus has been on selecting bees that chew mites and grooming behaviors.

Click here to download the banquet registration form.

Cook DuPage Beekeepers Mentoring Get Together

The next mentoring get together will be held on Sunday, October 4th 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

Making Creamed Honey – Downers Grove Park District

Honey is good, but creamed honey is even better! Learn the process of creating creamed honey, and mix up a batch in class. Leave with some to use as your starter for making your own creamed honey. Register at Search for activity #284062-01
Date: September 22, 2015
Day: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Age: 16 years and up
Fee: $20
Location: William F. Sherman, Jr. Interpretive Center

Beeswax Candle Making – Downers Grove Park District

The possibilities are endless when it comes to beeswax candles! Find out how to refine beeswax from the hive and how to prepare it for candle making. Try your hand at designing candles from this clean, non-toxic product. Leave with your own hand-rolled candle, and supplies to make your own votive candle at home. Register at Search for activity #284061-01
Date: November 5, 2015
Day: Thursday
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Age: 16 years and up
Fee: $20

Location: William F. Sherman, Jr. Interpretive Center

Beginning Beekeeping – The Morton Arboretum

Learn the basics of beekeeping. Curious about honey bees? Interested in starting your own hive and harvesting your own honey? Already have a hive and want to learn more about managing it? Join Marge to explore the history of beekeeping, bee anatomy, starting up a colony and managing it through the year, equipment basics, honey bee pests and diseases, harvesting honey, and more.
Instructor: Marge Trocki, Naturalist and Beekeeper
Notes: Held indoors. Limit 20.
Recommended text: The recommended text, The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard & Garden, is available in the Arboretum Store.
Certificate information: May be used as a Naturalist or Home Landscape Gardening Certificate Elective (8 hours)
Course number: N158
4 Tuesdays, September 29-October 20, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.
$80.00 members
$94.00 nonmembers
CALL: 630-719-2468

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.