Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in Chicago

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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 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. 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 1 September 2007 as the ninth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Gordon Werkema is first vice president and chief operating officer of the Chicago Fed and product director of the Federal Reserve System's National Customer Relations and Support Office.

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

Current Board of Directors

The following people serve on the board of directors as of 2011: All terms expire December 31.<ref name="board"/>

Class A

Class A
Name Title Term Expires
Frederick H. Waddell Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Northern Trust Corporation and The Northern Trust Company
Chicago, Illinois
Stephen J. Goodenow President and Chief Executive Officer
Bank Midwest
Spirit Lake, Iowa
Mark C. Hewitt President and Chief Executive Officer
Clear Lake Bank & Trust Company
Clear Lake, Iowa

Class B

Class B
Name Title Term Expires
Nelda J. Connors Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer
Pine Grove Holdings, LLC
Chicago, Illinois
Terry Mazany President and Chief Executive Officer
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago, Illinois
Ann D. Murtlow President and Chief Executive Officer
Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Indianapolis, Indiana

Class C

Class C
Name Title Term Expires
Jeffrey A. Joerres Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Manpower Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
William C. Foote


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
USG Corporation
Chicago, Illinois
Thomas J. Wilson

(Deputy Chair)

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Allstate Corporation
Northbrook, Illinois

Money Museum

The Bank's Money Museum is free and open to the public year-round from 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, except on Bank holidays. 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. Guided tours lasting roughly 45 minutes are available at 1pm on Monday through Friday, or by appointment. You can also visit the Money Museum on your own at any time during open hours. The museum includes a free kiosk, which takes your picture in front of a million dollars in $100 bills. Also, a million dollars in ones as well as twenties is on display. The museum has been known for giving out bags of shredded money as souvenirs.


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

See also

  • Federal Reserve Act
  • Federal Reserve System
  • Federal Reserve Districts
  • Federal Reserve Branches
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch
  • Structure of the Federal Reserve System

External links

Source en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_Bank_of_Chicago