There are two ways to become a vendor for Chicago Public Schools:
Become a Contract Vendor via a Bid or an RFP/RFQ
If your firm is interested in seeking a contract award, visit Contracting Opportunities and follow the instructions to respond to the solicitation (bids, request for proposals or request for qualifications). The Procurement Department releases solicitations daily for the general public and re-qualified contractors.
Obtain a Sponsorship from a CPS Principal, Network Chief, or Department Director.
Schools, Departments, and Networks who plan on using your goods or services must file a sponsorship to onboard your firm as a new vendor. This process must be initiated by CPS and approved by CPS, not the vendor.
Once a sponsorship begins, the vendor will be required to complete an onboarding process, which will be directed by the Procurement Department. For more information on sponsorship, please see our Sponsorship Form.
The Department of Procurement does not accept unsolicited vendor applications. This means we do not on-board vendors who have not won a contract through our Solicitation process or who schools do not have the intent to use.
Approved CPS Purchase Order Requirement
Chicago Public Schools Board Rule 7-1(b) requires that all CPS vendors must obtain an approved Purchase Order (PO) prior to providing any goods or services.
If you deliver goods and/or provide services to a CPS School or Department without an approved purchase order, payment is not guaranteed and invoice processing may be delayed.
Important Reminders for Vendors
Before applying to become a vendor with CPS, read through these reminders regarding policies, guidelines, and requirements.