Illinois’ new favorite hobby in 2024 is sure to create a buzz

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CHICAGO — A recent survey shows Illinois residents are looking to take up a new, albeit unconventional, pastime with sweet rewards.

According to, Illinoisans have a growing interest in beekeeping as an alternative hobby in 2024. Beekeeping, or apiculture, involves humans’ maintenance of bee colonies and hives.

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More than 3,000 people were surveyed.

Most Illinoisans surveyed took great interest in aquascaping (creating and maintaining an aquatic environment for various types of fish and aquatic plants) and falconry (the sport of training birds of prey to hunt wild animals).

The complete ranking of alternative hobbies of interest in Illinois includes:

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1.) Beekeeping

2.) Aquascaping or Aquarium Keeping

3.) Falconry

4.) Lapidary

5.) Metal detecting

6.) Homebrewing

7.) Astrophotography

8.) Toy Voyaging

9.) Foraging

10.) Urban Exploration

11.) Lockpicking

12.) Mushroom Cultivation

13.) Glass Blowing

14.) Geocaching

15.) Bookbinding

16.) Letterboxing

17.) Radio controlled vehicles

18.) Blacksmithing

19.) Model Railroading

Illinois is not the only Midwest state looking to start up the growingly popular pastime of beekeeping. Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri also look to partake in the hands-on experience that calls “both educational and therapeutic.”

Click here to see an interactive map of each state’s alternative hobby for 2024.

In Illinois, the state’s Bees and Apiaries Program is designed to assist beekeepers with managing and protecting honeybee colonies. Inspections are free of charge.


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