We are looking for small, Chicago-based, hospitality businesses

World Business Chicago (WBC), the City of Chicago's economic development organization, has an open request for candidates (RFC) in the hospitality and live events space.

We are looking to support diverse hospitality and live events businesses harmed during the pandemic through providing business and growth opportunities. 


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The scope of work ranges in size from 30 person roundtables to 350 person events.

We have six teams that regularly hold events, roundtables, and showcases to highlight our dynamic business ecosystem and amazing city. We want to hire local, small, Chicago businesses while we do it!

How to Apply


List of Eligible Industries

  • Audio/visual services & rental
  • Catering
  • D├ęcor
  • Entertainment (band, musician, dancers, etc.)
  • Event planning & management
  • Florals
  • General services contractor
  • Furniture rental
  • Photographers & videographers
  • Printing (signage, merchandise, handouts, etc.)
  • Venue



  • We are currently looking for hospitality businesses (audio/visual services, caterers, event planners, event staffers, transportation, etc.)

  • Must be located in Chicago

  • Must be a small business with under 500 employees

  • Must have existed before March 12, 2020

  • Must have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic (i.e., closure dates, staff layoffs, significant revenue decrease, etc.)


We encourage minority and women-owned and South/West-located businesses to apply!




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