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Chicago – (October 31, 2016) – Visible by thousands of Chicago residents along the southbound Kennedy Expressway each day, the Wintrust Mural Building will spotlight education non-profit City Year Chicago Oct. 27 to Nov. 30.

A tradition since 2013, Wintrust selects a local cause or charity to honor on its mural building. Now, with elaborate and symbolic artwork, the giant mural will showcase to drivers the full-time service of City Year Chicago’s tutors and mentors, who dedicate themselves to improving the community and bridging the gap between what students need and what schools were designed to provide.

“Our exceptional team of red-jacketed AmeriCorps members inspires students to reach their full potential,” Executive Director Rebeca Nieves Huffman said. “We are excited to partner with Wintrust Financial to display our uniquely illustrated mural to re-introduce ourselves to Chicago. We want our city to know that City Year red jackets are making a difference to students in high-need schools.”

This fall marks City Year Chicago’s 23rd year working with local students, schools and communities. Dedicated to increasing freshman on-track rates, City Year Chicago deploys 230 AmeriCorps members mentoring 13,000 students across 26 of the city’s highest need schools.  City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time alongside teachers in 3rd through 9th grade classrooms, tutoring students one-on-one, providing in-class support and organizing school-wide programs to increase academic achievement and student engagement.

“It’s exciting to have our service to students spotlighted on one of the busiest highways in Chicago” City Year Chicago AmeriCorps Member, Yvonne Burse said. “We are off to a really positive start with our students this school year and look forward to seeing their growth over the course of the year. It all starts in the classroom.”

City Year Chicago is made possible by a public-private partnership between corporations, philanthropic individuals, the Chicago Public Schools, the Serve Illinois Commission, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. City Year Chicago is also supported by the following local Team Sponsors: Alter; AT&T; BMO Harris Bank; The Chicago Sky; Comcast/NBC5 Chicago/Telemundo Chicago; CSX Transportation; Exelon Foundation; HSBC; Hyatt Hotel Foundation; Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Microsoft; Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company; and the Chicago Transit Authority.

About City Year: City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success.  A recent third party study showed that schools that partner with City Year were up to two to three times more likely to improve on Math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at, City Year’s Facebook page, and on Twitter.

About Wintrust Financial Corporation: Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $25 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, with over 150 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas. Additionally, the Company operates various non-bank business units including one of the largest commercial insurance premium finance companies operating in the United States and Canada, a company providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry, a business unit engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies providing wealth management services.

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