Vendor Fair


Hosted by the Government Procurement Compliance (GPC) Forum


The 2018 Vendor Fair is a collaborative effort by the members of the Government Procurement Compliance (GPC) Forum to give our regional businesses as many resources and networking opportunities as possible.

This event will provide businesses the opportunity to learn about contracting opportunities with the City of Chicago, its Sister Agencies, Cook County Agencies, and State and Federal agencies. You will have the opportunity to attend several business workshops, learn how to join the construction trade unions, find financial, insurance, and legal assistance. Come out and network with other business owners.


WHEN: Thursday, July 12, 2018

WHERE: UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt, Chicago, IL 60607

TIME: 12:00 - 4:00 P.M.

Learn about Contracting Opportunities in: 

  • Construction
  • Architecture/Engineering
  • IT
  • Professional Services
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities
  • Commodities
  • Transportation
  • Work Services

Confirmed Exhibitors:

City of Chicago User Departments 

  • Chicago Fire Department (CFD)
  • Chicago Office of Inspector General
  • Chicago Police Department (CPD)
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Commission on Animal Care & Control
  • Department of Aviation (CDA)
  • Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
  • Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE)
  • Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS)
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Fleet & Facility Management (2FM)
  • Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT)
  • Department of Planning & Development (DPD)
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Streets and Sanitation
  • Department of Transportation (CDOT)
  • Department of Water
  • Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities (MOPD)
  • Office of Emergency Management & Communications (OEMC)

 Sister Agencies 

  • Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)
  • Chicago Housing Authority Section 3 Field Office
  • Chicago Park District (CPD)
  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
  • City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)
  • Public Building Commission (PBC)

 Cook County 

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • Cook County Bureau of Technology 
  • Cook County Department of Facilities Management
  • Cook County Department of Risk Management
  • Cook County Department of Revenue
  • Cook County Department of Transportation and Highway
  • Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
  • Cook County Medical Examiner
  • Cook County Office of the Chief Procurement Officer
  • Forest Preserve District of Cook County

 Government Agencies 

  • Chicago Board of Election Commissioners
  • Illinois Comptroller’s Office
  • Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs Office
  • Illinois Tollway
  • Inner City Underwriting Agency Tollway Technical Assistance
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Office of the Illinois State Treasurer
  • Office of the Inspector General
  • PACE Suburban Bus
  • Real Men Charities Inc.
  • Regional Transit Authority (RTA)
  • State of Illinois CMA Business Enterprise Program
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Department of Energy: Office of Science Integrated Support Center – Chicago
  • University of Illinois Office of Procurement

 Financial Institutions/Insurance 

  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
  • Marquette Bank
  • MB Financial Bank
  • New York Life

 Trade Unions, Employment & Labor 

  • City of Chicago Department of Human Resources
  • Chicagoland Laborers’ District Council Training
  • DC14 Apprenticeship Program/Painters Dist Council #14
  • IUOE Local 150
  • Pipe Fitters Local Union #597
  • Northern Illinois University

 Assist Agencies 

  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Black Contractors United
  • Chicago Urban League
  • Construction Business Development Center – Prairie State
  • Construction Industry Conference
  • Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Federation of Women Contractors (FWC)
  • Fresh Start Home Community Development Corp.
  • Greater Southwest Development Corporation
  • Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA)
  • Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce
  • LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • National Organization of Minority Engineers (NOME)
  • Pace Suburban Bus
  • Polish American Chamber of Commerce
  • Real Men Charities, Inc.
  • St. Paul Church of God in Christ Community Development Ministries (SPCDM)
  • Urban Broadcast Media
  • U.S. Minority Contractors Association (USMCA)
  • Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)

 Veterans Resources 

  • Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
  • Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Warrior 


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Confirmed PRIMESConnect Exhibitors:

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Workshop Schedule:

Coming soon!


NOTICE: Your name, company name, telephone number, and email address will be posted on the City’s Vendor Fair web page for relationship-building purposes.  As such, we strongly recommend registering with your business phone number and email address.


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