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Swarm Of Bees Take Over Bikes, Pole Near Michigan Avenue

By David Matthews | June 6, 2016 1:58pm | Updated on June 10, 2016 10:50am
 Bees swarmed to a pair of bikes parked off Michigan Avenue and people took pictures. 
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THE LOOP — A swarm of bees descended on a Loop light pole and two bikes locked to it Monday afternoon, attracting a steady stream of curious gawkers.

The swarm of honeybees, estimated at around 7,000, was right next to the Divvy station at Michigan and Madison.

A second, different swarm soon followed — people taking photos and videos.



Jana Kinsman of the Bike-A-Bee group showed up around 2 p.m. to remove the bees — cup by cup — with no gloves protecting her hands. She loaded them up into a portable hive, with plans to drive them to her headquarters at The Plant, a self-sustaining farm in Back of the Yards.

"Don't do this yourself, you'll make a mistake," she warned people.

Underneath the swarm was Sarah Lorraine Bradley's bike. She said she locked it to get a cup of coffee, only to return to a covered bike. 


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