Rooftop Beehives are Keeping Chicago Restaurants Sweet

Across the the country, on city rooftops there are secret beehives. Similar to kitchen gardens, restaurants are harvesting these hives for honey to incorporate this ultra-local ingredient into their dishes. 

Chicago is a tough environment for these bees due to the frigid winters. However, since Illinois is not a big beekeeping state, the hives were not affected by colony collapse disorder like many other cities. This is when the worker bees abruptly disappear and this is affecting agriculture and restaurant menus around the world. 

Artisan Table, Harvest, and Lockwood are just some of the Chicago restaurants currently with rooftop hive or plans to install them. The honey harvested is not only being used in dishes like butternut squash soup and on various desserts but also in wheat beer recipes. Read More