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Public Notice of Availability solicits proposals from concessionaires to provide park visitors with access to high quality commodities and services citywide; 
Focus Community Area Program promotes growth of local concessioners in South/West communities 

The Chicago Park District announces the Notice of Availability (NOA) for concession operations in parks citywide.  The goal of the concessions program is to provide the highest possible quality and variety of foods, commodities and services, while enhancing the experiences of park visitors across the city. Concessions also provide comfort and convenience to patrons at reasonable prices, while serving as an important revenue source for the Park District.

"We welcome the traditional, but essential park concessions that have become a staple in many parks, and encourage new experiential concepts to expand our range of offerings and grow opportunities for local entrepreneurs in their communities," said General Superintendent & CEO Rosa Escareño. 

As part of the concession opportunities, the Park District’s Focus Community Area Pilot Program will support local commerce and entrepreneurs seeking to develop their business endeavors in parks located in Chicago’s South/West Side neighborhoods.  The pilot program also aims to uplift businesses and bring them into communities in need of amenities by reducing or eliminating some fees and costs in an effort to create more opportunities for emerging vendors.  

The Park District is open to creative concession concepts and there are a range of possibilities from cooking on site, selling pre-packaged food, or selling non-cooked products.  Concessions that would enhance Chicago’s parks include but are not limited to food and beverage operations, including fine dining restaurants, cafés and grab-n-go operators.  Service concessionaires have varied from bike rental and maintenance services, Segway rentals, massage services, rental of beach chairs and umbrellas.  Water equipment rentals have varied from rental of jet skis, rental of kayaks, and rental of stand-up paddle boards.   

To access the NOA, please visit All applications must be submitted online, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2022.