Department of Planning and Development

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) uses multiple tools to encourage the development of potential opportunity sites across the city. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) encourage developer teams to pitch ideas for these sites that are then reviewed by DPD and released for public input. 

Through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), the City prequalifies a limited number of developers and architects based on their financial capacity, relevant experience and demonstrated ability to complete a development of similar scale and scope. Shortlisted respondents will be invited to form developer-design teams to present themselves to the community and, upon selection, to create a vision of the site and a near-term plan to execute vertical development.

Current Projects

West Garfield Park - Madison and Hamlin RFQ

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Now accepting nominations for community evaluators

Through this RFQ, DPD is evaluating two mixed-use proposals to revitalize a block-long portion of Madison Street in West Garfield Park with a grocery-anchored mixed-use complex. 


Roseland - Michigan Avenue RFQ

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Through three separate RFQs, DPD is seeking to revitalize a trio of underutilized sites along South Michigan Avenue. Short-listed applicants have formed developer-designer teams that are each suported with $25,000 stipends to facilitate community visioning. The sites include the former Gatelys Peoples Store, the Roseland Theater building and land adjacent to a planned CTA Red Line station.


Announced Finalists

McKinley Park - 1769 W. Pershing Road RFP

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Announced September 2023

A $121 million project that includes mixed-income housing, commercial offices and retail space was announced as the winner of a Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop a historic City-owned property in McKinley Park. 

Planned by IBT Group LLC for an approximately 6.5-acre site at 1717-69 W. Pershing Road, the project will repurpose a vacant 571,000-square-foot warehouse known as the Quartermaster Depot, which was built in 1918 for the U.S. Army. The six-story structure, featuring 90,000-square-foot floor plates and located within McKinley Park’s Central Manufacturing District complex, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.    


Lake and Kedzie RFQ

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Announced March 2023

The Lake and Kedzie RFQ sought architect and developer qualifications for the future redevelopment of three City-owned sites near the CTA's Green Line station at Lake Street and Kedzie Avenue in East Garfield Park.

The $47.2 million Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (ETOD) project by The Michaels Organization, KMW Communities and TruDelta Real Estate was selected over two competing proposals for the 0.49-acre site at 132 N. Kedzie Avenue. The proposals were evaluated for community wealth building potential, economic feasibility, and professional and technical competence. 


Woodlawn RFQ

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Announced May 2023

The Woodlawn RFP sought architect and developer qualifications for the future redevelopment of two City-owned sites on the southeast and southwest corners of 63rd Street and Ellis Avenue in Woodlawn.

The $48.4 million “Woodlawn Social” project from developers POAH and KMW was selected over two competing proposals for development sites on the 900 and 1000 blocks of East 63rd Street. The project also includes a 10,000-square-foot courtyard for residents, a 9,000-square-foot plaza for public use, 8,500 square feet of ground floor space for up to four retail tenants and a 26-space parking lot. 

The runner-up proposal by Michaels and DL3 will be part of a pipeline of future projects along 63rd that can advance as City funding becomes available.