BECOMING A STATE PARK CONCESSIONAIRE
The Division of Concession and Lease Management generally awards concessions through a competitive bid process. In some instances, leases are negotiated with an interested party. If you want to receive notice of concessions as they are released for competitive bid, please contact the Division of Concession and Lease Management at 217-782-7940 or e-mail at . We will place your name on our bidders list and based on the type and location of concession you indicate an interest in, we will notify you when a Concession Lease Agreement is to be bid.
You may also contact the Concession and Lease Management Division if you have any other questions relative to the Concession Program.
If after review of the bidding announcement you're interested in bidding on an available concession, you will need to obtain a bid package directly from the involved park, through the Concession and Lease Management Division or at www.purchase.state.il.us.
After receipt of the bidder's package you will need to read all information and follow the directions relative to completion of the Request For Proposal (RFP).
Many times a mandatory bid meeting will be held at the involved park before bids are due. At that time, the bidder's package is discussed and the proposed concession site visited.
The completed forms must be returned to the listed address by the time and date listed.
On the listed time and date, competitive bids received are opened by Concession and Lease Management staff of the Department of Natural Resources. The IDNR has the right to reject any and all bids.
Prospective concessionaires are notified as to their status. If no problems have been encountered at the time of the bid opening or there are no questions relative to the best qualified bidder, the Concession and Lease Management Division will award the concession to the best qualified bidder.
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