Posts Tagged ‘Evanston’

Chickens now allowed to roost in Evanston!


Hats off to the Evanstoners who worked so hard for the right to the pursuit of avian happiness in their own backyards!

On September 28, 2010,  Evanston city council voted 6 to 3 to allow residents to have chickens, overturning a 36-year ban on chicken keeping. Residents will keep hens for eggs, fertilizer, and as pets.

There’s a catch, though: residents will have to pay a $50 licensing fee to keep hens.

Concerns included noise, small, rodent infestation, and predators; however, chicken supporters surveyed officials in 20 locales where chicken keeping is legal, and officials reported satisfaction with the existing laws.

A proud cock-a-doodle-doo for the Evanston Backyard Chickens group!

To read the Tribune article, click here.

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Chicagoland’s Chicken Population: For the ‘Burbs?


Hens are legal in Chicago, but in the suburbs, it’s a bird of a different feather. Some suburbs allow hens, while others do not. Evanston residents are trying to get an ordinance on the books that allows chickens.

The issues surrounding backyard chickens in the Chicagoland area were covered recently by Kay Severinsen in the Chicago Sun-Times.