Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

Through the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the City of Chicago continues to offer to qualified development teams and nonprofit organizations the opportunity to submit proposals for opportunity sites in the INVEST South/West neighborhoods.

Winning Development Projects

Mayor Lightfoot and DPD announced three winning proposals in March 2021, including a mixed-use residential complex anchored by a blues museum and cafe, a 56-unit affordable rental building with tenant gardens, and a sustainable food and culinary campus.

Collectively valued at more than $65 million, the projects were selected from 12 responses to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) issued in the fall of 2020 for three opportunity sites in Austin, Auburn Gresham and Englewood.

Auburn Gresham
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Evergreen Imagine

Planned for 23,000 square feet of vacant land near the intersection of Halsted and 79th streets, the $19.4 million proposed project will create 56 units of affordable housing with ancillary ground floor retail uses and 35 parking spaces. Designed to complement the planned, Chicago Prize-winning “Healthy Hub” adaptive reuse project across the street, the complex will include private garden lots, a playground for residents, private amenities, and public open spaces. The project is expected to generate up to 100 construction jobs and three full-time positions.

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Austin United Alliance

Planned for the former Laramie Bank building and approximately 20,000 square-feet of adjacent land, the proposed $37.5 million project will renovate the landmark structure with commercial uses that include a blues museum, bank branch, café, and business incubator. The adjacent land will be redeveloped with a mixed-income, multi-story rental building that includes a green roof, public plaza, social spaces, and outdoor art. The project is expected to generate up to 150 construction jobs and 22 full-time positions.

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Englewood Connect

Planned as the second phase of the Englewood Square shopping center, Englewood Connect is a $10.3 million “eco-food hub” that will establish culinary-related uses that empower, employ and feed local residents. The project will adaptively reuse the landmark Green Street fire station as a commercial kitchen, establish a business incubator to train start-up businesses, create an community "living room” for local events, and repurpose vacant land with hoop houses that provide year-round farming operations. A public plaza will serve as its focal point. Later phases will include a flexible market space and an event center. The project is expected to generate approximately 80 construction jobs and 45 permanent full-time positions.

Current RFPs

5021 S. Wabash Ave.
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South Wabash RFP

The former Third Ward Streets and Sanitation facility dates to the 1910s and is located within walking distance to the Green Line station at 51st Street and Washington Park. The City seeks rehabilitaiton proposals for commericial, retail, residential or nonprofit uses.

Due 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Appendix | Appraisal | Q&A

Pre-Bid Conference
April 14, 2021 | Video

Archived RFP Materials

838-58 W. 79th St.
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Auburn Gresham RFP

The nearly 23,000-square-foot-site consists of six parcels of vacant land owned by the City. The RFP seeks their redevelopment with a high-quality, mixed-use project that includes ground-floor commercial spaces and residential uses above.

Due Nov. 24, 2020 | Addenda | Forms

Auburn Gresham RFP Community Presentation
Response Summary 
Jan. 21, 2021  | Video | Presentation | Developer Pitch

Pre-Bid Conference

Sept. 14, 2020 | Video | PresentationQ&A | Attendees

5200-24 W. Chicago Ave.
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Austin RFP

The approximately 34,200 square-foot site on the northwest corner of Chicago and Laramie avenues includes five vacant lots and the vacant, 14,340-square-foot Laramie State Bank building, a designated Chicago Landmark. The RFP seeks the mixed-use rehabilitation of the former bank and new construction on the adjacent land.

 Due Nov. 24, 2020 | Addenda | Forms

Austin RFP Community Presentations
 Response Summaries 
Part I: Jan. 19, 2021 | Video | Presentation
Part II: Jan. 20, 2021 | Video | Presentation

Austin Developer Pitch Videos
Part I: Holsten | 548 | Evergreen
Part II: Austin United Alliance | Soul City Centre | Surmac Jupiter | Rankins Group 

Pre-Bid Conference
Sept. 15, 2020 | Video | Presentation | Q&A | Attendees

449-51 E. 47th St.
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Bronzeville RFP

The approximately 26,300-square foot development site consists of two vacant lots owned by the City of Chicago on the southwest corner of 47th Street and Vincennes Avenue.

Due 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Appendix | Appraisal | Forms | Q&A

Pre-Bid Conference
Jan. 19, 2021 | Video | Attendees

6200 block South Green Street, 914 W. 63rd St.
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Englewood RFP

The 4.28-acre site consists of two packages: Site B1/B2 and Site C. The sites are being offered as the second phase of the adjacent Englewood Square I project, which is a Whole Foods-anchored shopping center at Halsted and 63rd streets. The goal of the RFP is to establish a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use town center that includes residential and commercial uses.

 Due Nov. 24, 2020 | Addenda | Forms

Englewood RFP Community Presentations
Response Summaries 
Part I: Jan. 25, 2021 | Video | Presentation
Part II: Jan. 28, 2021 | Video | Presentation

Englewood Developer Pitch Videos
Part I: Ignite | Imagine
Part II: McLaurin | Avia Parc

Pre-Bid Conference
Sept. 16, 2020 | Video | Presentation | Q&A | Attendees

1515 W. 47th St.
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New City — Back of the Yards RFP

The approximately 14,870-square-foot development location consists of a single, City lot on the southeast corner of 47th and Justine streets.

Due 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021
AppendixAppraisal | Forms | Q&A

Pre-Bid Conference
Jan. 2`1, 2021 | Video | Attendees

3400-18 W. Ogden Ave.
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North Lawndale RFP

The approximately 42,900-square-foot development site consists of seven contiguous vacant lots between Homan and Trumbull avenues, all but one of which is owned by the City.

Due 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Appendix | Appraisal | ESA Phase I | Forms | Q&A

Pre-Bid Conference
Jan. 20, 2021 | Presentation | Video | Attendees

4300 W. Roosevelt Road
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Roosevelt & Kostner RFP

The 20.8-acre site in North Lawndale includes 25 publicly-owned parcels and represents the largest piece of vacant land on the West Side of Chicago.

Due Dec. 24, 2020
Addenda | Forms

Shortlist of Developers

Roosevelt & Kostner RFP Community Presentations
Video Pitches | Response Summaries | Developer Q&A
Part I: Feb. 23, 2021 | Video | Presentation
Part II: Feb. 24, 2021 | Video | Presentation

Pre-Bid Conference
Oct. 20, 2020 | PresentationVideo | Q&A | Attendees

8840-54 S. Commercial Ave.
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South Chicago RFP

A 25,000-square-foot development site at the northwester corner of Commercial Avenue and 89th Street with an opportunity for the rehabilitation of vintage, mixed-use buildings alongside new construction. The project has the potential for 50 residential units, as well as commercial and community space.

Due 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021
AppendixAppraisal | Forms | Q&A

Pre-Bid Conference
 Jan. 22, 2021 | Video | Attendees

LISC Chicago
Chicago Architecture Center

Halsted Gateway Project RFQ

Due: July 12, 2020