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Wintrust Named Exclusive Bank of the Chicago Auto Show

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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