Community opened its first office in a small store front location at 3208 North Cicero Avenue on October 21, 1944. Over the years, Community has grown into a family financial center serving northwest Chicago from the Cicero-Belmont neighborhood.
Much of our success over the past half century is a result of our commitment to our founder Peter Cleven's number one priority: "The safety and protection of our members' funds is always our most important consideration."
Community's commitment to safety and security has never changed, but the ways that customers transact banking business has changed dramatically in recent times. Community customers are now enjoying the convenience of electronic banking and other technological advances. More and more customers are banking 24 hours a day with their Total Service Card. Community customers are also enjoying the convenience of telephone banking with the Total Service Connection. They can check on balances, verify deposits, transfer funds and find out current interest rates -- 24 hours a day from any touchtone phone. Customers are also enjoying the extended banking hours with Community's new Drive- thru/Walk-up windows; business can now be transacted in person on Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons.
In recent years, many financial institutions have merged into larger, less personal banks. At Community, we remain independent, serving customers' personal banking needs. Community continues to provide innovative savings and lending programs, competitive rates, FDIC insurance and knowledgeable, personal service. These are the cornerstones of Community's Total Service. It's a philosophy you can continue to expect from Your Personal Neighborhood Bank.
About Our Vault
Our vault is a functional focal piece in our office and the door has a very interesting restoration story. One of the primary members of the door’s restoration team, Brian P. Smith, recently authored and published an article which detailed the restoration work, and has given us permission to post the article*.
Shown below are some before and after photos to give you an idea of how involved the process really was.
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