Beekeepers transform local space with hives

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By Rosie Powers

Digital Editor

Local beekeepers Frank Saballus and Mark Henning helped to move hives from the Chicago Honey Co-Op last year after it was forced to relocate. Some of the hives were moved to this space, near Railroad and Menard avenues in Chicago's Austin neighborhood.

Henning, who originally became involved with the Co-Op for composting, is now learning the art of beekeeping and harvesting honey - though he still considers himself only a "junior beekeeper". Saballus and Henning produce honey from these as well as a network of hives throughout the greater Oak Park area. Through pollination, the bees have transformed what used to be an abandoned industrial space to an area full of wildflowers.

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John Henning from LaGrange, IL  

Posted: October 18th, 2012 9:29 AM

Very interesting way to transform underutilized urban land to a more productive use. Especially a use that is beneficial to the environment. Best wishes for the continued success of this project. The honey is indeed FANTASTIC!!!


Posted: October 17th, 2012 8:07 PM

Frank Saballus (above) runs Klas Restaurant at 5734 W. Cermak Road (btwn Austin & Central) in Cicero. This honey is available directly from the restaurant. Anyone interested should call 708-652-0795 or drop in to purchase some. It's amazing!!! For some reason this was left out of the article.

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