The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks across the United States that, together with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., serve as the central bank for the United States.

About the Federal Reserve System

Federal Reserve Act

Congress created the Federal Reserve System in 1913, charging it with the responsibility to foster a sound banking system and a healthy economy. This remains the broad mission of the Fed and its component parts: the 12 Federal Reserve Banks nationwide that each serve a specific region of the country, and the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., which is set up to oversee the Fed System.

To accomplish its mission, the Fed:

  • serves as a banker's bank and as the government's bank
  • serves as a regulator of financial institutions
  • serves as the nation's money manager, performing a vast array of functions that affect the economy, the financial system, and ultimately, each of us

For more information on the Federal Reserve System, please visit Fed FAQs.

About the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Seventh District Map

The Chicago Fed serves the Seventh Federal Reserve District, an economically diverse region that includes all of Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Seventh District has a large national share of many important economic sectors. The Chicago Fed has a head office in Chicago and a branch office in Detroit.


Charles L. Evans

Charles L. Evans
President and Chief Executive Officer

Charles is the ninth president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He took office Sept. 1, 2007. He also serves on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve System's monetary policymaking body. Read more...

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Ellen Bromagen
First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Bromagen is first vice president and chief operating officer of the Chicago Fed. Read more...