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Wintrust Named Exclusive Bank of The Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2018) – The Chicago Auto Show today announced a new partnership with Wintrust as the exclusive bank of the 2018 show, Feb. 10-19 at McCormick Place. As a premier partner of the nation’s largest auto show, Wintrust will enjoy category exclusivity, continue as a corporate supporter of the show’s First Look for Charity black-tie gala and serve as the primary source of discount ticket vouchers including $3 off general admission for opening weekend or $6 off any weekday – available at any of Wintrust’s 150 community bank locations.

“As a company built for this area, Wintrust is committed to supporting iconic Chicago events and organizations that make this area so unique,” said Wintrust President & CEO Ed Wehmer. “The Chicago Auto Show definitely fits into that category. We are proud to be the Chicago Auto Show’s Premier Bank Sponsor and align ourselves with such an exciting, innovative event.”

Additionally, as part of Wintrust’s partnership, the bank will also receive naming and brand rights to the show’s popular Super Car Gallery, a designated area featuring rare, exotic and ultra-high-performance sports cars. Social media-savvy attendees can partake in the Wintrust Super Car Social Challenge to be entered to win exclusive, behind-the-scenes access into the gallery. 

“This partnership couldn’t be a better fit, as Wintrust and the Chicago Auto Show both have deep roots within the community,” said Chicago Auto Show Chairman John Hennessy. “Similar to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, the new-car dealer association that produces the Chicago Auto Show, Wintrust is committed to supporting and giving back to the communities its locations serve. We look forward to kicking off what we hope will be a long-term partnership with an outstanding institution.”

As the nation's largest, the Chicago Auto Show spans more than one million square feet of contiguous one-floor space, displays multiple world and North American introductions and showcases a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept cars. In all, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display including hundreds of interactive, aftermarket, accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars.

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About the Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America, spanning more than one million square feet of production, concept and exotic vehicle exhibit space. In addition to hosting multiple world and North American vehicle debuts, the Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity raises more than $2.5 million annually for 18 vital Chicago organizations in a single night. The 2018 public show is Feb. 10-19. For more information, visit or

The 2018 Chicago Auto Show is officially sanctioned by the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. Founded in Paris in 1919, it is known as the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs.

About the Chicago Automobile Trade Association
Founded in 1904, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association is one of the nation’s largest metropolitan dealer organizations. It is comprised of more than 420 franchised new-car dealers and an additional 150 allied members. The group’s dealer members employ about 20,000 people in the metropolitan area. The association has produced the world-famous Chicago Auto Show since 1935. For more information please visit

About Wintrust 
Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $27 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, now with over 150 banking locations located in the greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas. Additionally, Wintrust 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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