Message from the CEO

At the Chicago Zoological Society, supplier diversity an important part of our overall commitment to diversity. This commitment is reflected in our institutional values and supplier diversity policy. Our supplier diversity program makes a measurable contributions to the “Four Pillars” that define our organizational priorities. Minority and women suppliers expand the pool of excellent suppliers that enables CZS to pursue our mission of inspiring conservation leadership by connection people with wildlife and nature. A robust CZS supplier diversity initiative helps us provide extraordinary guest experience but will also cultivate a cadre of champions that share our passion for conservation while spreading the virtues of our institution to an expanded audience. If we are to have a sustainable future, all communities must participate.

Stuart D. Strahl, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Chicago Zoological Society

Utilization of Minority and Women Owned Businesses

We are committed to procuring goods and services from certified minority and women businesses that are capable of meeting our business requirements. If you are a certified minority and/or women owned business, please continue reading to learn more about doing business with CZS. Please see the FAQ or contact Jo-Elle Mogerman at if you have further questions about our program.

The Society contracts with vendors for a wide variety of projects, goods and services throughout the year. We obtain bids from vendors for projects, goods and services over $5K. Contracts are generally awarded to the lowest qualified bidder.

Accounting Services
Animal feed
Architectural Services
Audio Visual Equipment & Services
Consulting services
Construction Services
Engineering Services
Food Service Supplies
Fundraising Services
Graphic Design Services
Horticulture Services
IT Services
Janitorial Supplies
Marketing Services
Medical Equipment
Office Furniture & Supplies
Printing Services
Produce & Hay
Public Relations Services
Telecommunications Services

Please register your business with us one of two ways depending on the product or service you provide. If you are a vendor that provides capital goods or service, download and complete the pre-qualification form under Capital Projects. For any other type of goods or services please use the on-line registration form below. Database vendors that are a match to the project, good or service can receive requests for proposals or quotes directly. We update the site regularly with anticipated project descriptions.

Capital Projects

To determine whether a firm has the financial and organizational resources necessary to bid and construct the project under consideration. The Society requires all firms to submit a Contractor’s Prequalification Statement (MS Word document) be considered for capital projects.

The Society requires the following of capital contractor bidders
  • Bid bond or certified check in the amount of 10% of the contract amount. The bid bond or certified check will be returned within 10 working days to bidders that were not awarded the contract. This requirement may be waived for smaller projects at the Capital Project Committees discretion.
  • Attendance at the mandatory pre-bid meeting
  • Contractors to pay prevailing wages
  • General Contractor to provide a payment and performance bond in the amount equal to the full amount of the contract sum from a surety acceptable to the Society (A- or higher by S&P or A2 or higher by Moody’s). The bond shall also acknowledge the prevailing wage requirements.


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