Windy City Coop Tour! Sept 21-22, 2019


Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts Presents

The 9th Annual Windy City Coop Tour 

Chicago, IL Sept. 9, 2019  The Windy City Coop Tour is back for its 9th year showcasing backyard poultry, eco-yards and urban livestock across Chicago! During this self-guided tour, hosts open their yards to visitors and share their experience keeping backyard livestock in an urban setting. The Windy City Coop Tour provides access to local examples of the broader nation-wide movement toward sustainable yards.

Cost: Free and open to the public!

When: Saturday September 21 10:00AM-1:00PM and 1:00-4:00PM
            Sunday September 22 10:00AM-1:00PM and 1:00-4:00PM.
Where: Windy City Coop Tour 2019 Map

How: To choose your itinerary, see: 2019 Tour Site Info for Visitors

 What can Visitors do on the Tour?

  • Visit any of 22 diverse locations spanning 17 of Chicago’s 50 wards. 
  • Learn about gardening, composting, permaculture, and rainwater harvesting as part of sustainable urban lifestyles. 
  • Bust common myths and misconceptions about urban livestock.
  • See a coop made from a backyard playset in Norwood Park.
  • Feed some goats at GlennArt Farm.
  • Learn about beekeeping in Edgewater.
  • Find out what a “chicken tractor” is in Douglas Park.
  • Discover hugelkultur in Bronzeville.

 

Why Hosts are Part of the Windy City Coop Tour

“We want to foster and support a healthy ecosystem in our backyard.”  – The Silvestros, Bronzeville

“We have a lot of great information to share! We are proud of our homemade set-up that has grown each year and hope to share our knowledge with others.” – Michael Marchi, Old Irving Park

“We look forward to hosting the Tour because we first went on the Tour before we even owned a home, and it’s fun to show others what can be done!” – The Vallartas, Galewood

“We are dedicated to the restoration of community on the West Side of Chicago. Having chickens and goats serves as an attraction and an education base.” -Carolyn Ioder, Austin

We love sharing our experience of a life of having chickens in the city. Our chickens are more popular in our neighborhood than we are!” – Chris Koster, East Douglas Park

Many sites are wheelchair accessible, and Tour hosts speak one or more of four languages. For details, visit www.ChicagoChickens.org.

The Windy City Coop Tour is organized by Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts, a network of local poultry keepers and their allies moderated by Angelic Organics Learning Center. This press release is published on the web as 2019 Windy City Coop Tour PR.

Chickens at BarrieFest, Sept. 7


Come out for BarrieFest! Lots of fun, family-friendly activities, including Home to Roost and chickens!

  • Bounce house & obstacle course for all ages
  • Climbing wall
  • Legacy Sports multi-sport madness
  • Food from Carnivore and Knockout Cafe
  • Live music
  • Fire truck visit
  • Oak Park Library
  • Organization & business fair
  • Bike registration by Oak Park Police

Stop by between 12 and 5, Barrie Park at 1011 S Lombard Ave in Oak Park!

 

FINAL REMINDER: Chicken Keeping/Coop Building Classes July 20


Looking for a place to cool off and learn about chickens? Sign up for two classes at the Morton Arboretum on July 20. I’ll have a chicken walking around the classroom while you learn about how to care for backyard hens!

Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken Keeping and Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

There are just a few slots open!

Hens looking for a home


THESE BIRDS NOW HAVE A HOME. Thanks, everyone.

Three healthy, laying hens free to a good home. They are on the north side of Chicago. We have two Buff Orpingtons (brown eggs) and one Ameraucana (blue eggs) that are all two years old. They are sweet, docile and quiet. We are looking to re-home them because they are not integrating well with our established flock, because our existing flock is too aggressive. We purchased the Orpingtons and Ameraucana five weeks ago from someone who needed to get rid of their flock. Again, they are healthy and would do well on their own, with other docile breeds, or in a brood with a rooster.

Home to Roost can vouch for the care these chickens have been given! They have great owners!

 

 

REMINDER: Sign up for Chicken Keeping and Coop Building Classes at the Morton Arboretum, July 20


Back by popular demand! Learn more about chicken keeping in these popular classes coming up on July 20:

Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken Keeping and Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

Space is limited, so register soon.

 

Cancelled: Home to Roost at Evanston’s Custer Fair


Due to medical reasons, Home to Roost will not attend Custer Fair next weekend.

Bring the family and enjoy the other vendors and activities at this classic summer street fair!

Chicken Keeping and Coop Building Classes at the Morton Arboretum, July 20


Back by popular demand! Learn more about chicken keeping in these popular classes:

Backyard Chickens 101: Chicken Keeping and Backyard Chickens 102: Chicken Coop Basics

Space is limited, so register soon.