Chicago's parks are home to more than 200 concessionaires who provide unique dining, shopping and recreational opportunities throughout the city.  Whether it be a sit down meal, a quick snack, renting a bike, or getting an item needed while out and about, these vendors help make a visit to many of the city's parks and beaches a great experience.

View the current list of Chicago Park District concessions.


UCG Associates

UCG Associates is the concession program manager for the Chicago Park District, responsible for administering all aspects of the program. This includes oversight of the NOA process (concession applications, evaluations and award); negotiation and enforcement of operating agreements and issuing site specific permits associated with those agreements. It is also responsible for inspecting concession facilities and operations for health code compliance, as well as collecting fees on behalf of the Park District.  

Concession Opportunities

Roaming vendors and stationary concession opportunities await in many of the city’s parks.  Companies and individuals are invited to propose new food, retail, recreational, rental, entertainment or sporting venue concession opportunities for the upcoming season. 


  • Deadline to apply:  November 22, 2021
  • Notification of Awards:  February 2022
  • Operations begin:  Memorial Day weekend 2022

Apply To Operate a ConcessioN FOR THE 2022 SEASON

New:  Alfresco Dining Grants
Thanks to generous financial support from the City of Chicago, a limited number of Chicago Parks Alfresco Dining Grants will be awarded to 2022 park restaurant concessionaires for projects that increase outdoor dining opportunities to the public.  Click on the following button to learn more.


  • Deadline to apply:  November 22, 2021


For more information, contact UCG Associates: