Doing Business & Partnerships

monarch butterfly feeding on a sunflower
Photo by Paul Dacko.

If you sell a commodity or service, you may find a market in the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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Purchasing Process Changes Due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is only accepting bids, proposals, and qualification packages electronically.

Submit your bid, proposal or qualification package electronically.

If you have any questions, please email

Current Bidding Opportunities

Explore purchasing and contract opportunities:

Register as a Vendor

After you have registered, you will have access to download the documents for all Forest Preserves postings. You can also choose to receive notifications of solicitations for bids (an amount of $25,000 or more) by e-mail each time a formal solicitation is made as well as requests for quotations (solicitations under $25,000).

All vendors are advised that the Forest Preserves of Cook County is under no obligation to distribute e-mail notifications for solicitation of bids and requests for quotations. The Forest Preserves disclaims any liability/responsibility for doing so/or not so doing. All vendors must check our Purchasing Website to determine when the bid responses are to be submitted.

Minority & Women Business Enterprises

Many Forest Preserves projects set goals for Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE) participation. These businesses must be certified by Cook County or the City of Chicago to qualify.

For bidding opportunities with MBE/WBE goals, bidders must submit an MBE/WBE Utilization Plan with their bid.

Purchasing Resources & Contact

Purchasing Department Contact

George W Dunne Cook County Office Building
69 W. Washington
Suite 2060
Chicago, IL 60602


Event & Programming Partnerships

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is seeking proposals from Cook County individuals and organizations to partner with the Conservation & Experiential Programming Department to provide public programs that educate and activate the public to become lovers, users, stewards and advocates of and for the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Concessions Opportunities

The Permits, Rentals & Concessions Department actively seeks out new partner opportunities to provide patrons with access to outdoor recreational activities and other amenities in the Forest Preserves.