Farmers Market
To apply as a vendor for the 2014 season, please CLICK HERE.

The Seaway Bank Farmers Market is held each Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the east parking lot at the Main Bank, located at 645 E. 87th Street. Now in its eighth year, the weekly market will run for 10 weeks, from July 23 to September 24, 2014. It features organic produce grown in Illinois by African-American farmers from Pembroke Township as well as a variety of products by non-farming vendors.

The market was created in 2005 as part of the bank’s yearlong 40th anniversary and reinforced our mission to provide quality services to community families and businesses. The only farmers market in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, the program aims to bring fresh produce and healthy alternatives to an area underserved by supermarkets and proliferated with fast food outlets. Residents can talk with farmers about nutrition and purchase an array of fresh tomatoes, greens, squash, peppers, peas, gourmet desserts and more. Items will vary as the season changes.

In 2008 the Seaway Bank Farmers Market was approved as an independent market by the City of Chicago and operates under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

For more information, please contact the Seaway Bank Market Manager at (773)602-4865 or visit www.chicagofarmersmarkets.us.



Seaway Community Development Corporation

In January 1994 Seaway Bank and Trust Company established a nonprofit affiliate, the Seaway Community Development Corporation (SCDC), in an ongoing effort to aid homeownership for Chicago’s low- and moderate-income families. The affiliate’s purpose was to help rebuild area neighborhoods by buying and rehabbing distressed property into showpiece homes. The SCDC has invested more than $2 million in the program to date, and to enhance its efforts, it has received several grants, including a $15,000 grant from the Carson Pirie Scott Foundation (1997), a $20,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank (1997) and a $50,000 donation from National Bank of the Great Lakes (2001).

Recognizing that one of the biggest barriers to homeownership was the down payment normally required, Seaway also developed a special mortgage incentive—the 1% Down Mortgage. This program has allowed qualified buyers the opportunity to purchase homes with a minimal one percent down payment and no private mortgage insurance (PMI).

For more information on the SCDC, including available homes, contact Daniel Taylor at (773)602-4861.


Bank Holidays
The bank will be closed on the following 2014 Legal Holidays:

New Year’s Day - Tuesday, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 20
Presidents' Day - Monday, February 17
Memorial Day - Monday, May 26
Independence Day - Friday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, September 1
Columbus Day - Monday, October 13
Veterans’ Day - Tuesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 27
Christmas Day - Thursday, December 25

Foreign Currency Exchange facilities at O’Hare and Midway International Airports are open 365 days a year.

Bank-at-School Program
Recognizing that children are often taught how to earn and spend money but rarely taught how to save it, Seaway participates in the Illinois Treasurer’s Bank-at-School Program to help them get an early financial education. Seaway currently sponsors four local elementary schools: Amelia Earhart Options for Knowledge School, John T. Pirie Fine Arts and Academic Center, Arthur Dixon Elementary School and Burnside Scholastic Academy. In September, staff members teach a team of student “officers” how to operate a bank and work as personal bankers, tellers and marketers. On scheduled “Bank Days” throughout the year, typically once or twice a month, students can open a Young Savers Account or make deposits to their existing accounts at the “banks,” which are operated entirely by students.

For more information on the Illinois Bank-at-School Program, contact Seaway's Marketing Department at 773-602-4865.

 

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