To the very short list of events and activities not canceled in 2020, add the annual Windy City Coop Tour.
The tour, now in its 10th year, showcases Chicagoans’ backyard chicken coops, urban livestock and eco yards. Because the self-guided tour is an outdoor event, organizers with Chicagoland Chicken Enthusiasts said they opted to stick with the planned dates of Sept. 19-20, with all appropriate precautions in place due to the coronavirus.
Now they just need host sites.
Chicagoans interested in opening up their yards to visitors have until July 26 to fill out an application online. Hosts will be confirmed by Aug. 2.
Notably, no chickens are required. Prospective hosts aren’t limited to households with backyard chickens (or other poultry). If you have an impressive vegetable garden, water collection system or have other innovative urban sustainability features to share with visitors, organizers encourage you to apply.
Among the COVID-19 guidelines in place for the tour: All hosts and guests will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. In addition, organizers are strongly recommending that hosts provide a “sanitation station” stocked with extra masks and hand sanitizer.
Advocates for Urban Agriculture, a presenting partner of the tour, is supplying hosts with a limited supply of single-use masks, hand sanitizer and bleach for foot baths.