More than Just My Bank. My Partner.

Read the success stories of some of the businesses with which we've partnered:

Tek Pak President Tony Beyer

Tek Pak, Inc.

“Other banks would love to hear that we’re going to outsource labor overseas, but FB&T understands and supports our mission of creating and keeping jobs in the local economy.”

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Anguil COO Deb Anguil

Anguil Environmental Systems

“FB&T has given us the flexibility to expand our line of credit for large projects.”

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Foodstuffs President/CEO Jay Lieberman

Foodstuffs, Inc.

“When we were struggling as a younger company, other banks would say we weren’t strong enough or we were too small. FB&T saw our value to the community and helped us grow. ”

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John J. Cahill and John J. Cahill III

John J. Cahill, Inc. Plumbing & Heating

“It’s the people. People I have gotten to know and trust over years of doing business together in the community.”

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Oscar and Sarkis Tatosian

Oscar Isberian Rugs

“Even if we are on the move or traveling, we can call our banker up directly and it’s done. With other banks, you just can’t get that service.”

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Chips Owner/Founder Jim Jett

Chips Manufacturing

“We purchased $10 million worth of capital equipment over the past several years. The Bank had the funds readily available and they had the confidence in us to utilize them.”

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Semblex President Don Cunningham

Semblex Corp.

“The bank has met every need we have asked of them.”

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Turning Point Behavioral Health Center Staff

Turning Point Behavioral Health Center

“They have guided us through the process and have stayed with us as we have continued to grow. We know they will always be ready to help when new opportunities arise.”

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Evanston Community Foundation

"FB&T is an integral part of the Evanston community. and is especially supportive of our vast network of nonprofit organizations"

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What We Offer

Whatever the size of your business, we have account services that will meet your needs:

What Makes First Bank & Trust Different?

Financial Stability

First Bank & Trust was again awarded the VERIBANC’s highest rating with the Blue Ribbon Safety & Soundness Award. The Blue Ribbon designation is issued to banks that demonstrate exceptional attention to safety, soundness and financial strength. Additionally, First Bank & Trust earned an “Outstanding” Rating for Community Reinvestment, the highest possible rating from the Federal Reserve Bank. We are one of the strongest financial institutions in Chicagoland.

Commercial Expertise

First Bank & Trust’s Commercial Banking team has the tools, knowledge and creativity to assist with all of your company’s banking needs.We have the expertise to be trusted advisors to ownership, their family and their employees. We have dedicated ourselves to working with Chicagoland’s family-owned businesses.

Privately Owned and Operated

First Bank & Trust is privately-held. All of its executive corps are shareholders of the Bank. As owner-operators, our lending team and officers are personally aligned to the long term success of the Bank. Being privately-held, First Bank & Trust’s strategic initiatives are longer-term and more patient than our publically-traded competitors. We feel that patient growth for the Bank is more in sync with the long-term goals of our customers.

You’re Dealing with Decision Makers

Our commercial lenders sit on the Bank’s Officers Loan Committee. You will be dealing directly with the Bank’s decision makers for credit requests and structure. Our response will be quick and decisive. Our organizational structure is flat and eliminates layers of bureaucracy that are characteristic of the banking industry.

We’re a Better Fit for Your Company

We believe our size and structure better aligns itself to the size of your company than that of our larger competition. We will personally be your account officers. Given our experience, positions at the Bank and our shareholder stake, your account officers will remain intact and be consistent to assist with your future goals and growth.

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