2018 Vendor Networking Event - September 27 at South Shore Cultural Center


On Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Chicago Park District Department of Purchasing will host the annual Vendor Networking Event, which brings together government agencies, general contractors and MBE/WBE firms to increase communication, participation and competition for future contract awards. Government agencies in attendance will include the City of Chicago, sister agencies, assist agencies and city museums.  The event takes place at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.

MBE/WBE firms can expect to network with general contractors to engage in potential business opportunities to meet or exceed compliance goals for current and future contract awards.

Event highlights include:

  • Guest speaker - Jesse Ruiz, President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners
  • Workshops on growing your business: Roundtable discussion with members of the business community and government providing insight on growing your business
  • Exhibitors: Assist Agencies, Chicago Park District Contractors, Sister Agencies and Museums - see below
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Free parking


Advance registration is suggested, but not required.



Sister Agencies & Museums:
Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
City Colleges of Chicago
City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services
Cook County Office of Contract Compliance
Cook County Procurement
DuSable Museum of African American History
Illinois Central Management Services - BEP
Illinois Tollway
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD)
Museum of Science and Industry
Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC)
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
The Field Museum
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA: Illinois District Office)

Chicago Park District Departments:
Capital Construction
Facility Management

Plus numerous contractors.



For questions about the Vendor Networking Event:
Chicago Park District Department of Purchasing

(312) 742-5380