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‘Chicken lady’ farms in Rogers Park, Chicago, despite neighbors’ gripes

Moah’s Ark owner Mo Cahill, of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, will face a judge over a noise ordinance following protests over the years from neighbors about her chickens. (Alyssa Pointer / Chicago Tribune)

“I ate my beloved Whitey Bulger,” Cahill said later, when asked whether she will consume named chickens. “I love them, but they’re still chickens. This whole thing is still about food.”

By Gregory Pratt
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2017


Accompanied by her “director of security,” a Victorian bulldog called Biff, Mo Cahill opened the back door of a baby-blue truck she keeps in her backyard as a makeshift chicken coop.

Out streamed galline citizens of Moah’s Ark, a small urban farm on the 1800 block of West Touhy Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Cahill, 62, has about two dozen chickens and three roosters, who mostly live in the 1993 Chevy suburban or a smaller coop on a plot she owns two lots over.

One chicken, which Cahill said resembled a queen, was named Cleo. Others, like Fat Tony, Elena and Sonia, are named after Supreme Court justices. The fowl drink from a tire converted into a water bowl.

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