Great Lakes Credit Union is on a mission to change banking – for good – by empowering members and communities to achieve their own version of greatness. That’s the driving force behind their updated offering, GLCU Free Rewards Checking.

“At GLCU, we think everyone deserves to get the most out of their money. That’s not a right reserved just for big-ticket spenders,” says Michelle Shelton, Chief Experience Officer. “We have plenty to offer those folks, but we also believe that whether you’re a seasoned investor, a small business owner or just starting out with finances, you deserve to a good interest rate, plus a few bells and whistles while you’re at it.”

GLCU Free Rewards Checking certainly offers members a lot of bells and whistles. They can easily qualify to earn 2.50% interest on their balance up to $10,000; get ATM fee rebates up to $10 a month on out-of-network ATM fees; access more than 30,000 ATMs nationwide; and get their paychecks up to one day earlier.

And, as a result of a recent partnership with Velocity Solutions, LLC, members with a qualifying free checking account can now earn rewards on their debit card purchases – one point for every $100 spent, which quickly adds up for members who use their debit card every day.

The best part? All of that comes with no monthly fees or minimum balance requirements.

“We know that a person’s checking account is critical to the successful management of their finances,” says Shelton. “That’s why we really wanted to optimize our free checking and make it easy for our members to make the most of their account. No complex tiers, easy-to-earn rewards and access on whatever channel they choose – online, in person or via phone.”

For more information on GLCU Free Rewards Checking or becoming a GLCU member, visit


About Great Lakes Credit Union

Founded in 1938 and headquartered in Northern Illinois, GLCU is committed to financial empowerment for you. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative with over $1 billion in assets, GLCU is proud to serve more than 80,000 members in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. Learn more about GLCU’s accounts, educational initiatives and community development programs at


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