Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is located at the corner of LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard in the city's financial district.
Map of the Seventh District

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (informally the Chicago Fed) is one of twelve regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation's central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the Seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District.


As one of the Reserve Banks that make up the Federal Reserve System, the Chicago Fed is responsible for:

  • Helping to formulate national monetary policy. The Chicago Fed's CEO, Charles L. Evans, helps formulate monetary policy by taking part and voting in meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).
  • Providing financial services such as cash, check clearing and electronic payment processing. Each day the Federal Reserve System processes millions of payments in the form of both paper checks and electronic transfers. These payments services are offered to institutions in the Seventh District on a fee basis. Because of a nationwide reduction in the use of checking instruments, the Chicago Fed and most other Reserve Banks ceased processing paper checks on November 17, 2009 and electronic checks in 2010.[1] Items previously routed to this facility are now routed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland or to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  • Supervising and regulating state-chartered banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System, bank holding companies, and financial holding companies. These organizations are located within the Seventh Federal Reserve District.


Charles L. Evans is the president of the Chicago Fed. He took office on September 1, 2007 as the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.[2]

Ellen Bromagen is first vice president and chief operating officer of the Chicago Fed.[3]

The Chicago Fed annually co-hosts in Chicago an international banking conference to examine cross-national banking and finance issues.[4]

Money Museum[edit]

The Money Museum traces the history of the Federal Reserve Bank and also displays currency used in the past.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's entrance is on LaSalle Street.

The Bank's Money Museum [5] is free and open to the public year-round from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, except on Bank holidays.[6] All visitors must show a photo identification, walk through a metal detector and have their bags x-rayed before entering the Money Museum. No food or drink are allowed in the museum. A presentation lasting roughly 45 minutes is available at 1pm on Monday through Friday, or by appointment. The rest of the Money Museum is accessible at any time during open hours. The museum includes a free kiosk, which takes a guest's picture in front of a million dollars in $100 bills. A million dollars in $1 bills and a million dollars in $20 bills are on display. The museum has been known for giving out bags of shredded money as souvenirs.[7]


The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch is the only branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Board of Directors[edit]

The following people are on the board of directors as of 2016. All terms end on Dec 31.[8] Class A directors are elected by member banks to represent member banks. Class B directors are elected by member banks to represent the public. Class C directors are appointed by the Board of Governors to represent the public.

Members of Board of Directors
Director Title Director
David W. Nelms Chairman and CEO, Discover Financial Services, Chicago, Illinois A 2017
Abram Tubbs Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ohnward Bank and Trust, Cascade, Iowa A 2017
William M. Farrow III President and CEO, Urban Partnership Bank, Chicago, Illinois A 2018
Jorge Ramirez President, Chicago Federation of Labor, Chicago, Illinois B 2016
Nelda J. Connors Chairwoman and CEO, Pine Grove Holdings, LLC, Chicago, Illinois B 2017
Susan Collins Weill Dean of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan B 2017
Greg Brown, Chair Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions, Schaumburg, Illinois C 2018
Anne Pramaggiore, Deputy Chair Chairman and CEO, Commonwealth Edison, Chicago, Illinois C 2016
E. Scott Santi Chairman and CEO, Illinois Tool Works Inc., Glenview, Illinois C 2018

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