In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
The City of Chicago has created numerous programs to increase the pool of bidders on City contracts, incentivize the use of small minority and women-owned businesses, build capacity of local businesses, and encourage the employment of local residents.
The City is working to have a local impact at all levels of the procurement and contracting process, developing innovative programs that affect prime contractors, subcontractors and individual residents. These programs and incentives are a direct result of the City’s key priorities in procurement: creating opportunities for businesses of all sizes, and helping businesses grow so that they can participate in the business of Chicago.
Chicago will reach its full potential when its diverse population is represented at all levels – when every hardworking citizen with the drive to succeed has a path to employment or entrepreneurship, and our doors are open to the entire business community, whether they are just starting out, or already growing and succeeding.