The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) this week released a Request for Proposal (RFP) inviting qualified operators to submit proposals to lease, develop and operate 10 concession locations at O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Seven of the locations wiil be in the International Terminal 5, where a terminal expansion and improvements are underway, including the construction and modification of 10 gates. The others are located in Terminal 3.

This RFP, the largest in more than 10 years for O’Hare, is part of the $8.5 billion O’Hare 21 project, designed to modernize facilities and deliver more gates, offer new passenger amenities and more economic opportunity for area businesses while keeping travelers connected.

The 10 concessions locations will comprise more than 10,000 square feet of available space and will increase the airport’s ability to better serve increasing passenger traffic in Terminal 5.

“We are very pleased and excited to extend this opportunity to small and local entrepreneurs to do business at one of Chicago’s world-class airports,” said CDA Commissioner Jamie Rhee. “This RFP will keep O’Hare 21 moving ahead and provide our guests with diverse offerings for food, beverages and retail options as the air travel industry recovers.