I like my bank, but since I moved to Waukegan the closest branch is 11 miles away so I have been thinking about finding something closer for a long time.
Do you know the difference between a credit union and a bank? A credit union is not-for-profit. Having been raised in co-ops, I knew this was the way to go. These institutions exist to serve the members, instead of to make the bankers wealthy. Whatta concept! Don't tell George W., he'll shut em all down:)
In my new neighborhood there are several big credit unions. I was driving the 11 miles to deposit a check when I thought to myself, this is ridiculous. I knew Great Lakes was coming right up, so in I went.
The branch in Gurnee that I went to is very posh and upscale looking, not like the funky credit unions of my memory. I opened a checking and savings account. The whole experience couldn't have been better.
Professional and efficient without being cold and businesslike, can you imagine. The young guy who took care of me did as good a job as you could possibly expect. Thanks Karl Grom Jr.
They have all the bells and whistles too: internet banking, a debit card, overdraft protection, etc. all at the always right price: free. You just have to have $5 in your savings acct. to get free checking.
Highly recommended is my first impression. If this changes after time I'll let you know.
Note: the address listed is for the main office. They have branches in Waukegan, Gurnee and Libertyville.