Doing Business with the City of Chicago
The City of Chicago purchases a wide range of goods and services, including engineering and construction services, office supplies, janitorial services, signs, legal services, and more, including professional services, commodities, work services, vehicles & heavy equipment, architecture and engineering.
There are two basic ways to sell products and services to the City of Chicago - directly via bidding on a contract, or indirectly as a subcontractor. While some contracts are earmarked for small or mid-sized businesses or certified firms, there isn't a set group of companies that get City contracts - bidding is open to all businesses.
For some projects, especially construction, it's common for prime contractors to use subcontractors to perform specific parts of the work. For a small business, this can be an opportunity to work on large projects that you would not be able to complete yourself. Prime contractors, not the City, select subcontractors.
Click here for general information on "Doing Business with the City of Chicago
Click here for Direct Bidding information & opportunities
Click here for connecting with an 'Assist Agency' for subcontracting work
Click here to learn how to connect with 'Prime Contractors'