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Our Story

Our Story

Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves

We are your friends. We are your neighbors. We are your local Wintrust Community Bank. As part of the larger Wintrust Community Bank family, we were built in this area for this area. We work hard to be an asset to the people and community we serve: to get to know you and your needs in order to offer the best banking products and even better service. As a Wintrust Community Bank, we’re proud to invest in and give back to our local area.

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A Simple Beginning

Wintrust began over a card table, a few cold beers, and the idea to be the alternative to the big banks. In 1991, armed with a briefcase, a folding table, and a cell phone the size of a shoebox, Wintrust’s current CEO and one of the company’s founders, Ed Wehmer, set up shop in his hometown, a northern Chicago suburb. Twenty-five years and more than 150 locations later, we’ve stayed true to that original mission. We believe there’s still a need, and desire, for a true community bank: where tellers know their customers by name; bankers care about local businesses because they frequent them; and the bank invests in the neighborhood because it’s actually part of the neighborhood.