Westside Bee Boyz, LLC consists of local Chicago urban beekeepers Thad J Smith and John Hansen who have over 40 years of combined beekeeping experience.

Westside Bee Boyz, LLC
Chicago's First Apiary Services Company

What is urban apiary services you ask?

We install 3 to 5 honey bee hives generally on the roof tops of buildings, however on all types of property, care for and maintain them under contract. Honey production of ~40 lbs. per hive per season can be bottled and used as promotion or gifts.


We currently manage hives at Lincoln Park Zoo, the Aquarium and on a number of commercial buildings downtown. The team is comprised of myself and other experienced beekeepers including the former head of the Illinois Beekeeping Association. We have been covered in the media for my original story and what we are doing in Chicago.


If you think you might be interested in a Beekeeping Educational workshop or partnership with us, there are a lot of reasons to increase the number bee hives in Chicago and there are a lot of ways you could use the partnership to highlight your business or property.

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