Fire Chief Tracey Steffes' Action and Expertise Saved Thousands, Earning Him the 2022 Red Cross Firefighter Hero Award, Sponsored by Wintrust

Fire Chief Tracey Steffes of Morris, Illinois, is the 2022 Red Cross Firefighter Hero Award recipient. Chief Steffes has dedicated his life to his community, serving first as a volunteer fireman for the city of Morris before eventually becoming fire chief. In June 2021, Chief Steffes faced his biggest challenge as the leader of the […]

Chicago Kicks Off the Holiday Season With The Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Nov. 19

Chicago will officially flip the switch on the holiday season this weekend during the Wintrust Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, kicking off the most wonderful time of the year in the Windy City. A 31-year tradition, the weekend-long holiday celebration includes family-friendly, free festivities from a ceremonial tree lighting to America’s third-largest parade, grand marshaled by […]

2020 Change Maker: Ed Wehmer, CEO & Founder of Wintrust

Ed Wehmer founded Wintrust on a strong belief that he could spend more time with his large and growing family, while serving a community he loved, if he built a better bank for Lake Forest, where he and his wife, Dorothy, were raising six young children. He was so successful that the bank grew to eventually become Chicagoland’s […]

Quick and Easy: Bernie's and Wintrust Book Drive

Bernie’s Book Bank needs help reaching their goal of collecting 100,000 books this summer for young children in need throughout Chicago. What: Bernie’s Book Bank and Wintrust Community Banks have partnered to create a book drive that will provide books to children who may not have steady access to adequate reading materials in their homes. […]

2023 Philanthropy Award Winners: 3 Organizations Making the Greatest Impact in Violence Interruption and Prevention in Chicago

The Make It Better Foundation recently hosted its 2023 Philanthropy Awards with emcee Suzanne Le Mignot of CBS 2 Chicago to honor the Chicago-area nonprofits working to make a difference in violence interruption and prevention throughout the city.  This year, the Make It Better Foundation recognized recipients with evidence-based programs that prevent gun violence by […]