Chicago O’Hare Airport extends concessions RFP deadline to 1 October

By Charlotte Turner |

Dufry stores at Chicago O'Hare International Airport's T5.

Dufry stores at Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s T5, managed by Westfield.

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has extended the deadline for its latest Chicago Airport RFP – including seven concession packages ranging from specialty retail, to food & beverage as well as travel essentials – from 16 September, 2021, to 4:00 pm (CT) on 1 October.


The RFP first issued on 23 April this year, originally stated a deadline of 2 August, however the company later amended this to 16 September.


It has now revealed that it will be extending this deadline to 1 October. CDA maintains that contracts will be awarded in Q4 this year, while concessions are slated to open in early 2022.


This follows a previous addendum sent out to prospective companies earlier this month, in response to a question posed by an interested party.


The anonymous company asked the airport operator to confirm the cost for central distribution and whether these costs would be fixed or variable.


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On 16 August CDA replied stipulating that if a central distribution facility could be implemented in the future the costs and fees would be determined at that time. CDA also clarified that any fees would be ‘based on sales’.


The operator first invited the submission of proposals to lease, develop, and operate one or more food and beverage, specialty retail, and/or travel essentials concessions at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on 23 April this year. This RFP contains seven seven packages totalling ten locations at O’Hare International Airport’s Terminals 3 and 5.


Respondents may submit proposals for one or more packages under the same cover, which will be considered a single proposal. However, the City intends to award each package individually, but reserves the right to award multiple packages to a single respondent.



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