September 13 2018  |  Airlines & Airports

Chicago Department of Aviation issues RFP to build and manage new concession location at O'Hare

By Jas Ryat

Aerial view of Chicago O'Hare Airport’s multimodal facility

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to lease, finance, construct, and operate a dual-purpose convenience and vending concession at O'Hare’s International Airport multimodal facility, set to open this fall.

The CDA is seeking 65% Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) participation for this single concession opportunity.

"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 Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation.

"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 at the facility, which is currently under construction and nearing completion.

The future concessions, expected to open in late spring 2019, are intended to serve the thousands of travelers, car rental customers and employees who will utilize the facility daily.

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.

The new building will consolidate the airport's rental car operations and public parking into one facility, while serving as a new gateway to O'Hare.

Passengers arriving on buses, hotel transport, and other commercial shuttles will access the airport by way of the facility, which is located at the southeast corner of Zemke and Mannheim Roads.

Potential respondents have until October 26, 2018 to submit responses. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for September 24 from 10am to 12pm at the CDA Administration Building located at 10510 W. Zemke Road.

At the meeting, the CDA will present details on the RFP and answer questions from potential respondents. A tour of the facility will also be provided.

The CDA has developed an online data room specifically for this concessions opportunity, where interested proposers can view the RFP, proposal forms, floor plans and other important documents. It is available at

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