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Chicago Money Smart Week® April 2-9

More than 250 partner organizations coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will participate in the tenth annual Chicago Money Smart Week which will be held April 2-9. Money Smart Week is designed to educate consumers about money management as well as generate awareness of financial education programs on topics such as saving, using credit wisely, and financial education for youths.

More than 500 free classes, seminars and activities will take place during Money Smart Week. The educational activities will be carried out by more than 250 local community groups, financial institutions, not-for profit organizations, businesses, schools, libraries, local and national government agencies, and media personalities.

Since 2001, the Chicago Public Library has been partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to present Money Smart financial literacy programs. What started as the annual Money Smart Week each spring has blossomed into educational programming throughout the year at CPL locations across the city. Program topics include: budgeting, understanding credit, home buying, financial planning, retirement planning, and much more. Visit

John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO & CIO, Ariel Investments will be a featured panelist during the Visa Financial Literacy & Education Summit on April 4th. There are 35 Chamber members among the partner organizations from a variety of sectors including banking, health care, higher education, insurance, investments and retail.

“The Chicago Fed started the Money Smart Week program ten years ago,” said Chicago Fed President Charles Evans. “The program has grown exponentially over the past decade, providing hundreds of educational offerings to help teach those in Chicago and outlying areas how to better manage their finances and navigate these financial times.”

There will also be classes offered in a variety of languages. Other highlights of Money Smart Week 2011 include an essay contest for grade school students from fifth through eighth grade, programming for Chicago Public School students, support and participation from several local professional sports teams, Visa’s fifth annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit broadcast live via the web, among others.

A calendar of events for this year’s Money Smart Week is available on the Chicago Fed’s Web site

Last Updated on 2011-03-14 10:24:27.934

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