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Our current mural asks you to raise a hand and help with 13 homes, for four days, for one big event. Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity’s Raise Your Hand Chicagoland invites you to volunteer or donate to construct the exterior of one home and wall frames for 12 other homes that will be delivered around the area to provide housing for 13 families in need.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to tour a 24’ x 50’ Habitat Home built on the Jean Baptiste Du Sable Homesite in 1779—the first permanent residence in Chicago. Attendees will also be able to learn more about Habitat’s mission and the need for affordable housing in the Chicago area.

Chicagoland Habitat was created as an umbrella organization for the eight Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicagoland area. The group works to increase the number of families served in this region and to meet the staggering needs for housing support in the Chicago metro area.

As an organization that works to put roofs over Chicago-area families, Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity is just the type of group Wintrust is proud to support. As a company committed to giving back to the areas we serve, we are happy to raise awareness for this important organization and event.

So, pick up a hammer and Raise Your Hand Chicagoland!


At Wintrust, we are committed to supporting organizations and efforts that improve our communities. Our current mural celebrates the importance of literacy—especially financial literacy—and highlights some great local organizations working hard to encourage reading and education. We call the Chicagoland area home, so we’re committed to this area’s success. By investing in education and literacy now, we can ensure a better future for the children and future leaders of this city. For us, financial literacy starts with literacy.

We highlight two organizations on our literacy mural—Bernie’s Book Bank and WITS: Working in the Schools—both of which we are honored to support. Bernie’s Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children’s books to increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. Last year, Wintrust Community Banks helped collect books for Bernie’s at our more than 120 locations around the area.

WITS is a volunteer-based organization that promotes literacy and a love of learning in Chicago Public School’s elementary students. The WITS programs work with the school to bridge the achievement and opportunity gap for underserved students by providing positive adult role models. The organization believes that literacy is essential in developing a love of learning, and that excelling as a reader will help set a child up for success.

Wintrust agrees with the missions of both of these organizations. We feel strongly that this city’s success is built on a foundation of literacy for children. We feel so strongly in fact, that we’ve built the skyline in books for our latest mural installment. We wanted to convey the message that our city’s foundation begins with reading and learning. And, as we say on the mural, nothing makes your world pop like a good book. No matter what your age, there’s still more to learn and it starts with opening a book.

December Mural

Wintrust is committed to supporting the vibrant communities that make Chicago and its suburbs great places to live. It’s what community banking is all about. We wish you and your family much happiness during this winter season. To help share our message we hired a crew of snowmen to decorate the iconic mural building off I-90. Whether it’s helping to paint a festive Chicago skyline or taking a break to have a snowball fight, these guys would like to spread cheer to all those traveling to visit friends and family during the holidays.

Just as Wintrust cares about our communities, so does the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI). Not every family can be together during the holidays. RMHC-CNI strives to care for the families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a ‘home away from home’ at one of their many houses, family rooms or mobile care units. To find out more about their mission or to find out how you can help, please visit www.rmhccni.org

Mural Wall

Were you tired of seeing that blank black building on your daily commute? So were we! We’re excited to unveil the first mural in a series presented by Wintrust. This artwork was inspired by the Great Chicago Fire Hydrants. The main wall of the mural building is a scene representing fire fighters, police, and paramedics. On the north wall, we’ve shown our support by displaying the uniforms of these everyday heroes, and the south wall is a tribute to the Great Chicago Fire. Wintrust is proud to support Chicago’s first responders, not only with this mural, but as the presenting sponsor for the Great Chicago Fire Hydrant project.

The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants is a citywide art installation of 101 oversized fire hydrant replicas designed, painted, and decorated by noted artists, architects and designers. Each hydrant represents a Chicago fire house as a tribute to the work and heroism of Chicago firefighters and first responders. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the hydrants will be gathered and auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the 100 Club of Chicago and other fire-related charities.

For our hydrant, (located at Engine 98, 202 E. Chicago Ave.) and for the corresponding mural, Wintrust commissioned local artist Anna Celander to paint a scene with Chicago fire fighters, police officers and paramedics all represented. The hydrant shows fire fighters putting out a fire and, with the water, emerges the Chicago skyline. The top of the hydrant is the Chicago flag and the center strip is a tribute to the police and fire uniforms. The numbers marked on the first emergency vehicles are the numbers of Chicago first responders lost in the line of duty.

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Anna Celander is a Chicago-area, mixed-medium artist who uses the city as her inspiration, often interpreting iconic Chicago landmarks in her unique style using charcoal and watered down acrylic paint. She currently sells her artwork at local art fairs and businesses and is enrolled as a first-year student in the Art Insitute of Chicago’s Art Therapy graduate studies program.

Wintrust chose Anna, not only because of her talent, but because, like Wintrust, she has strong, local ties to the area. Wintrust is happy to support our local communities as well as local artists within them. More of her artwork can be found at www.annacelander.com.

More information about the Great Chicago Fire Hydrants visit www.greatchicagofirehydrants.com.

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Anna in the beginning stages of painting the Wintrust hydrant.

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Anna further along in painting the Wintrust Hydrant. She had completed the firey wash at the base, started creating the vehicles and was on to the Chicago flag.

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The completed hydrant displayed at the Engine 98 fire house.



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