When Barack Obama visited Chicago last week, the outgoing mayor—an urban naturalist named Richard M. Daley—talked to him about some ideas he was kicking around for retirement, including beekeeping.

Beekeeping? During his tenure, Daley was moved to install a City Hall rooftop garden that included beehives, whose presence threatened him with more of a sting than the City Council ever did (rim shot!). Anyway, here are a few tips for apiarists interested in following in Daley’s footsteps: