Revitalizing Chicago’s West Side Through Economic Empowerment

The Leaders Network has partnered with Great Lakes Credit Union to increase access to financial services and funding for the residents of Chicago’s Austin community and surrounding areas.

Our new, permanent branch is now open! 
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Members coming through Leaders Network Financial will have access to digital banking, ATM, and shared branching services until the opening of our Austin branch location.

Select “Leaders Network” from the eligibility dropdown in the membership application.

Joining Forces for Better Banking

The Leaders Network, a group of dedicated community and faith leaders, has joined forces with GLCU to make a powerful impact on the West Side of Chicago. With the launch of the first-ever credit union in the area, residents of Austin and surrounding communities, including Oak Park and Maywood, will have access to essential financial services, business loans, and education that have historically been out of reach. By prioritizing the needs of those who have been underserved and breaking generational cycles of poverty, The Leaders Network and GLCU are ushering in a new era of economic empowerment and opportunity for the West Side and beyond.

Unlock Your Financial Future

  • Fee-Free ATM Access: GLCU gives you fee-free access to ATMs anywhere, anytime.
  • Convenient Banking: Bank on your own schedule with 24/7 mobile and online banking options from GLCU.
  • GLCU Fresh Checking: This certified BankOn account is designed for individuals with limited or blemished financial history.
  • HUD-Approved Counseling: GLCU provides HUD-approved housing and financial counseling to both members and non-members. Services include rental and foreclosure assistance and homebuyer education.
  • Downpayment Assistance: GLCU offers downpayment assistance to help make homeownership more affordable.
  • Small Business Banking: GLCU offers banking and lending options tailored to the needs of small businesses.

Select “Leaders Network” from the eligibility dropdown in the membership application.

About the Leaders Network

The Leaders Network is a dynamic and passionate group of experienced community and faith leaders committed to creating real change on Chicago's West Side and surrounding areas. Comprised of a powerful network of talented professionals, they are deeply invested in improving the quality of life and creating a brighter future for all generations. With their unwavering commitment to excellence and our team of exceptional leaders, they are proud to be at the forefront of community development and change.

In partnership with Great Lakes Credit Union, Leaders Network Financial offers products and services that help bridge the wealth gap and empower members to build wealth over time. Join us and be part of the movement for positive change.

Leaders Network

Select “Leaders Network” from the eligibility dropdown in the membership application.

About Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU)

At GLCU, we're dedicated to empowering our members and communities through financial products, services, education, and volunteerism. As a certified Community Development Credit Union (CDCU), we've helped thousands of people and businesses achieve their financial goals. Together with The Leaders Network, we're bringing savings, checking, lending, investing, education, and small business banking services to the Austin, West Garfield, and surrounding neighborhoods. Join us and let's build a stronger, more financially secure community.