City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services

The Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is the contracting, certification and compliance authority for the City of Chicago.



DPS is responsible for managing the contracting process for the City of Chicago. Once a City Department identifies a need, it is brought to DPS to procure the goods or services.

  • Contracting Categories:
  • Architecture & Engineering
  • Commodities
  • Construction
  • Professional Services
  • Vehicles & Heavy Equipment
  • Work Services
  • Certification Program

DPS issues a quarterly buying plan that identifies contracting opportunities for the following 6 quarters for the City of Chicago and 12 additional government entities.  The latest copy of the buying plan can always be found at


DPS manages thousands of new, renewed, and ongoing certifications, ensuring that all firms have an opportunity to participate in contracts that are paid with taxpayer dollars. We certify in the following areas:

  • Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Veteran-Owned Business Enterprises (VBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Business Enterprises Owned or Operated by People with Disabilities (BEPD)
  • Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)


Compliance with City contracts is critical to ensuring vendors are honoring their obligations to Chicago’s taxpayers. Compliance is an integral part of each stage of the life of the contract.

  • Pre-Award/Contract Goal Setting
  • Ongoing Monitoring & Site Visits
  • Contract Close Out

DPS issues a weekly email newsletter with information about contracting opportunities, free workshops and events, and other news.  Sign up for the DPS Alert email newsletter at

DPS is also on social media. Follow us:

Twitter: @ChicagoDPS



Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues
  • Small Business Policy

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Registration Assistance
Primary Contact
DPS Public Affairs
121 N LaSalle Street
Rm. 806
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-4900