Request for Proposal — Operation of Concessions on the Riverwalk
Spec. # 329656
Due Date: March 9, 2017

Proposals are due:

Thursday, March 9, 2017 by 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Proposal Meeting:

Thursday, January 26

10:00 a.m.

City Hall, Room 1103

121 North LaSalle Street

 

Vendors unable to attend the Pre-Proposal Meeting can submit questions to Edward.anderson@cityofchicago.org  with “Operation of Concessions of the Chicago Riverwalk, Specification No. 329656” as the subject. The deadline for questions is 4:00 p.m. on February 10, 2017. Questions will be responded to in an Addendum to the Requests for Proposals.

Registering to receive DPS Alerts will put you on the mailing list for concession opportunities with the City of Chicago.

The RFP seeks proposals from vendors to operate anywhere between Lake Shore Drive to Franklin, which includes the recently completed section from LaSalle to Franklin, for 2017 and beyond, although it is likely that vendors will not be operational in the most recently completed section until the 2018 season. Vendors may propose three or 10 year proposals. 

 

Proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017 and will be reviewed by an Evaluation Committee. The Evaluation Committee is comprised of city personnel familiar with the Riverwalk and specialize in areas of finance, cultural affairs, construction and operations.

 

The City envisions a mix of recreational, cultural, entertainment, food and beverage and retail facilities on the Riverwalk, creating a vibrant area to be enjoyed by residents, tourists and visitors alike. Based upon the positive reaction by Chicago’s residents and visitors throughout the summer, the City expects to receive a large number of highly competitive proposals.

 

“Our 2016 season has seen unprecedented success, as vendor revenues are significantly higher then previous years,” said Fleet and Facility Management Commissioner David Reynolds. “Riverwalk vendors pay a percentage of their revenues towards the federal loan used to construct the build-out between State Street and Lake Street.  This innovative partnership was created under the Mayor’s leadership and has established the Chicago Riverwalk as a recreational and entertainment destination.”

 

The City is now seeking vendors to provide a variety of activities, events, and services in 2018. Examples of possible concessions include, but are not limited to: facilities for paddling, recreational or charter boat; sports rentals; food and beverage; retail, particularly of a cultural or environmental nature; educational facilities; entertainment venues; commercial boats docked along the seawall with food and beverage or associated with a food and beverage provider operating in the land adjacent; or any other type of family-friendly concessions. The Department encourages Respondents to propose other ideas to enhance the use and enjoyment of the Riverwalk and the Chicago River.  

 

Vendors interested in participating in the 2018 Season on the Chicago Riverwalk are invited to attend a Pre-Proposal Meeting on Thursday, January 26 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 1103 in City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street. City representatives will describe the program and answer questions during the pre-proposal meeting. The City also strongly encourages Respondents to visit the Riverwalk prior to attending the Pre-Proposal conference.

 

Vendors unable to attend the Pre-Proposal Meeting can submit questions to Edward.anderson@cityofchicago.org  with “Operation of Concessions of the Chicago Riverwalk, Specification No. 329656” as the subject. The deadline for questions is 4:00 p.m. on February 10, 2017. Questions will be responded to in an Addendum to the Requests for Proposals.

City of Chicago

Department of Fleet and Facility Management

30 North LaSalle St.

Chicago, IL 60602


 

chicagoriverwalk@cityofchicago.org

  • Twitter Social Icon

© City of Chicago 2019 • Proudly created with Wix.com