Wintrust Bank Announces $500,000 Pledge for Reimagined Robert Crown Center

Multi-year Commitment Vaults Campaign Past $7 Million Mark

EVANSTON, IL – (March 23, 2017) – The campaign to build a new Robert Crown Community Center, Turf Park, and Library has secured a transformative $500,000 sponsorship commitment from Wintrust Bank. 

This major gift from one of the Chicago area’s most well-known and widely respected corporations provides the latest evidence of the project’s increasing momentum. The initiative has now officially raised more than $7 million in gifts and pledges, all before architects have even finalized a design for the new facility and park.

“We’re proud to give back to an organization that does so much for our community,” said Bill Lynch, president and CEO of Wintrust Bank. “As a community bank, we’re dedicated to bettering our local area. By supporting Robert Crown, we can give our kids another place to learn, have fun and grow. That’s something we’re really excited be a part of.”  

“We couldn’t be more grateful for Wintrust’s incredible generosity, vision, and leadership,” said Daniel Stein, Board President of the Friends of the Robert Crown Center. “With this gift, they have declared for all to see how committed they are to Evanston’s families and institutions. We look forward to partnering with Wintrust to strengthen our community for years to come.”   

Wintrust’s gift will be spread over multiple years and will be recognized with a prominent naming opportunity within the new community center building or the exterior park. The specific opportunity will be determined after the project’s architects complete their preliminary design. 

Wintrust Bank is a group of community banks located in Chicago and the northern suburbs, part of the larger family of Wintrust Community Banks spread across the Chicagoland area. The banking locations provide customized financial solutions for residents and businesses in Chicago, while supporting the neighborhoods each serves. Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. A statement on Wintrust’s website summarizes the bank’s longstanding philosophy of community participation: “We believe a bank should be a good neighbor; friendly, helpful and generous. That bank should become an important part of the community, help it solve its problems and plan for its future." The bank may be visited online at and