Chicago Department of Aviation calls hotels tender at O’Hare Airport

USA.  The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) this week issued a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a new hotel adjacent to Terminal 5 and renovate another facility at O’Hare International Airport.

“We are building hotels at O’Hare to provide a significantly higher level of customer service and increased non-airline revenue,” said CDA Commissioner Ginger S. Evans.

The RFP calls for an operator to develop a hotel adjacent to T5 that will provide direct access for travellers to the terminals via the free, 24-hour Airport Transit System. The new, full-service hotel is envisioned to have 300-400 rooms, 25,000-65,000sq ft of conference space, banquet rooms, ballrooms and other amenities.

rsz_ord_hotel_rfpThe RFP also asks hotel operators to renovate and modernise the existing O’Hare Hilton (pictured below). The revamped facility will be able to accommodate large trade shows and events, plus amenities such as spas, extended room service, concierge services, and quality restaurants and boutiques.

Each respondent must submit a plan demonstrating a commitment to conduct at least four job fairs in designated Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Areas throughout the city to recruit employees. The Airport Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program participation goal of 15 per cent for these airport projects represents one of the highest goals that have ever been solicited for an airport hotel project, the CDA said.

The Hotel Development RFP is available online at:

Responses close on 18 January 2017.


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