in June 2012
at Chicago City
the distribution center by various sources,
examined and consolidated, and delivered
to the airport via distribution center trucks.
Storage at the airports is limited. Typically, a
concession will have very little, if any, stor-
age space within the sales space and a small
storage space in a remote basement location.
Merchandise replenishment is expected to
occur during non-operating hours as much as
Submitting a Proposal: The typical minimum
qualifications required in a RFP include three
years of experience in the proposed business and
demonstration of financial capability to open
and operate at the airport. Because operating at
an airport is more complex and faster paced than
operating at other locations, prior experience in
the business and a position of financial strength
are critical to success.
The ACDBE program, its purpose and how it fits
into the concessions program at Chicago’s airports
are described at the workshop.
The ACDBE program is designed to aid small
businesses owned and controlled by socially and
economically disadvantaged individuals. The concessions programs at the airports are subject to federal regulations governing ACDBEs.
An ACDBE goal is established for each RFP.
Respondents are required either to satisfy the
goal or demonstrate good faith efforts to do so.
In order to satisfy the goal, an ACDBE may have
direct ownership in the responding company,
may be a subcontractor to the responding com-
pany or may provide goods and services to the
responding company. ACDBEs must be certi-
fied locally and included on the Illinois Unified
Certification Program (IL UCP) list. If the ACDBE
is located outside of Illinois, the ACDBE must
first be certified in its home state before becom-
ing certified in Illinois.
Future Concessions Opportunities: Those interested
in doing business at Chicago’s airports will have
many more opportunities in the future to do so.
In 2013, the CDA expects to issue an RFP for
several food and beverage locations at O’Hare
and will offer more concessions workshops.
The CDA recently launched a redesigned
website at www.FlyChicago.com that features
an enhanced section on doing business at the
airports. The website is a great starting point for
business owners who are interested in contracting
opportunities at O’Hare and Midway.
Tiffany Green is deputy commissioner of the Chicago
Department of Aviation. She may be reached at tiffany.green@