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Your money on deposit in Burling funds loans and other Chicago community financing.

See featured organizations we've financed, below.

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Progress + Preservation

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Brad Suster, owner of Luxe Property Management LLC, is a is Chicago real estate developer who has been called the Anti-Demolition Man, as written in the Chicago Reader:

Unlike many developers, Suster doesn't sell most of his landmark-quality properties after renovation. He holds on to them, even if the rents are too low for him to break even, intending to sit on them for ten or twenty years, "if not forever." He strives to maintain the integrity of original features. Miguel Salgado, captain of one of Suster's work crews, has often found himself trying to persuade him of the impossibility of preserving certain damaged vintage elements. Once the two argued about a badly mangled front door. Salgado said it was beyond salvation but Suster wouldn't hear of buying "some new door."

"This is beautiful!" Suster implored. "Please, fix it--whatever it takes."


Yoga in Iconic Chicago Buildings

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Bottom Line Yoga offers yoga, meditation and corporate wellness classes around the work day for professionals interested in a yoga experience that is uniquely Chicago. The studio has been voted among the top 10 Chicago yoga studios by Timeout and Yelp and is always interested in connecting with professionals seeking to achieve balance in their work and purpose.

"We're a purpose driven Chicago company and value working with purpose-driven partners and clients," says owner Lauren Goggins.


Midwest Hub for Financial Technology

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FinTEx is a nonprofit hub committed to growing financial technology in the Midwest. Burling Bank is a founding member of FinTEx and its center of excellence, Currency.

According to Michael Busch, Burling Bank CEO:
"It’s important to let startups know that there are banks in Chicago that want to encourage what they are doing, and to work with them. A startup may just need a deposit account. They may need a lending facility. They may need introductions to private equity investors. A bank like Burling Bank can provide these introductions and be a valued partner with startups."

Listen to Burling Bank CEO Michael Busch and FinTEx Cofounder Lisa Curran talk financial technology growth in Chicago. 

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Premium Seafood in West Town


"We started Wabash Seafood in 1989 to fill a gap in the city's wholesale seafood market, which was dominated by large corporate distributors at the time. Today we distribute quality seafood to the top chefs in the city. Burling understands small business ethos, the importance of small business relationships, and the importance of setting standards of excellence when making your name in small business."

- Owners John and Deanna Rebello


Vintage Pinball in Logan Square


Logan Arcade in Logan Square chose to partner with Burling in opening the best-maintained and largest public collection of vintage pinball and video games in Chicago.

"At Logan Arcade you can find beer, pinball and video games, and local appreciation. We're proud to bank local."

- Logan Arcade owner Jim Zespy


A Better Loan Experience for Small Businesses

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Akouba is a software company that aims to provide the best user experience in online loan applications for small businesses interested to work with banks and credit unions. Burling has partnered with Akouba to help small business loan applicants complete a Burling loan application online in an average of 10 minutes.

"In Burling we found a partner that is not only focused on small business relationships, as we are, but also understands the future of fintech and is making investments in technologies that serve small business marketplaces."

- Akouba Founder + CEO Chris Rentner



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