Did you know that you are eligible to sign up for an account at North Side Community Federal Credit Union simply by being a resident of Uptown, Edgewater, Lakeview or Rogers Park? North Side is "an alternative to costly payday lenders and currency exchanges, without the high fees and restrictions imposed by banks."
There is a one-time $1 membership fee $15 deposit required to open a shared savings account. As a member, you can open a checking account, receive free financial counseling, apply for credit and open a "Holiday Club Savings Account" that currently earns a 3% interest rate!
Also, as a member, you are helping the local community. North Side focuses on lending to local businesses and individuals to help strengthen the local economy.
For more information, visit their website here.