The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has issued a request for proposals for qualified businesses to lease, finance, construct and operate a dual-purpose convenience and vending concession at the multimodal facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The CDA is seeking 65 percent Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in this single concession opportunity.

The facility is set to open this fall, while the concession is targeted for a late spring opening.

“The state-of-the-art multimodal facility will create a new entry point to O’Hare for thousands of travelers each day and will significantly enhance service for rental car and parking customers,” said Commissioner Jamie Rhee. “This new concessions location will provide a great amenity for O’Hare travelers, as well as a big opportunity for concessions operators. As with all airport projects, we want to ensure diverse, local and disadvantaged firms have an opportunity to be part of our success.”

The RFP is for a single concessions space of approximately 500-square-feet with the O’Hare Multimodal Facility, which will consolidate the airport’s rental car operations and public parking into one facility. It is currently under construction and nearing completion.

The future concessions are intended to serve the thousands of travelers, car rental customers and employees who will utilize the multimodal facility on a daily basis. The RFP calls for an operator to build and manage a full-service concessions location to provide a wide selection of products and services including food, beverages, coffee, packaged snacks, convenience items and other merchandise. The concessions operator will also be expected to support an adjacent area with vending and automated retail machines to accommodate visitors and employees on a 24-hour basis.
Responses to the RFP are due October 26. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for September 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CDA Administration Building.