It was a long time coming, but Evanston’s First Bank & Trust finally achieved an eight-year-long goal Thursday of establishing a permanent branch at the corner of Main Street and Chicago Avenue.

In what managing director and CEO Robert Yohanan termed a “momentous moment,” Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl snipped the ribbon to complete the ceremonial opening of the bank’s newest branch at 820 Main St.

It replaces the temporary branch that was located for years a block west at 741 Main St.

The new eco-friendly branch features a state-of-the-art open floor plan where customers are met at the door by a banker who directs them to the area best equipped to meet their banking needs.

“The idea is to remove the barriers and offer our customers bankers who can act as advisors,” said Paul Kogol, senior vice president of Retail Banking.

Inside the branch is a 13-foot-by-13-foot green wall that features a mix of indoor plants.

Outside the main entrance is a 24-hour-accessible vestibule featuring an ATM machine.

“This development has been over eight years in the making”, said Chris White, assistant vice president and branch manager, “Our branch staff is very excited about the beautiful new space.”

The new branch promotes renewable clean energy and supports the bank’s commitment to having green and eco-friendly branches.  

The branch features covered customer parking behind the building.

The original building at the site was delayed as the economy crashed eight years ago, but finally received City Council approval and was topped off last April.

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Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. I am a big fan of First Bank

    I am a big fan of First Bank & Trust. Thank you for your investment in this great community and congrats on the new branch. Great location and beautifully green and done up! Jealous of that living plant wall and want one in my office.


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