MB Financial Bank Introduces ATM Freedom -- Bank Pays Fees for Use of Any ATM Locally, Nationally, Globally

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Innovative program allows customers maintaining $2,500 daily balance in their MB Financial Bank Free Checking, Interest Checking or Money Market Account to no longer worry about ATM surcharge fees anywhere in the world.

MB Financial Bank, N.A., has launched its “ATM Freedom” program, in which fees will be waived for MB Financial Bank customers at more than 1.5 million ATMs around the world, it was announced today by Tommy FitzGibbon, Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer.

MB Financial Bank customers who maintain a minimum daily balance of $2,500 in their Free Checking, Interest Checking or Money Market Account will benefit by having their fees waived for that account at any ATM anywhere. ** The introduction of the new ATM Freedom program is another example of MB Financial’s commitment to BETSIMPSIER banking, products and services that make banking “better, simpler, easier” for customers.

“We continue to look for ways to improve banking for our customers,” said FitzGibbon. “While we have learned customers want access to a large ATM network, customers have voiced concern about the usage and transactional costs. The ATM Freedom program gives customers the ultimate solution.”    

The “No Fee” program is the second major enhancement that MB Financial Bank has made to boost accessibility and affordability of ATMs.

Last October, MB Financial Bank announced a partnership with the STARsf Network that expanded customers’ access to more than 600 surcharge- free locations in the Chicago area and other STARsf ATMs around the country.    The new ATM Freedom program reverses fees from any ATM anywhere around the world.

“MB Financial’s own ATMs have always been free to its own cardholders,” said FitzGibbon. The addition of the STARsf locations and the global ATM Freedom program allows MB customers an incredible choice of accessibility and flexibility to conduct transactions.”

Other area banks have expanded their ATM networks, joined additional ATM networks like STARsf and have offered a limited number of no fee transactions. MB Financial Bank is the first in the Chicago area to offer global ATM Freedom.

With the introduction of the ATM Freedom program, customers with a minimum daily balance of $2,500 in their Free Checking, Interest Checking or Money Market Account will have transaction and surcharge fees for that account paid for by MB. (The fees are reversed the next day on the customer’s account.)

ATM Freedom is the latest example of the bank’s drive to offer BETSIMPSIER banking.

Banking hours have been extended at all locations with most branches being open seven days a week. Most lobbies remain open until 7:00 p.m. and drive-ups until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, most lobbies are open until 3:00 p.m. and drive-ups until 5:00 p.m. On Sundays most locations are open until 3:00 p.m. Concurrent with the seven-day-a-week schedule and longer hours, MB Financial Bank also extends the weekday cut-off time for the posting of deposits to 7:00 p.m.

The MB West Loop location and the MB local Telephone Banking Center remain open until midnight Monday through Saturday.

MB offers free Internet Banking, free online bill pay and automated telephone banking services in English, Spanish, Korean, Ukrainian and Polish, available 24x7. A local toll-free phone number -- (888-i-bank-mb) -- simplifies reaching the bank. Customers now have more choices as to when and where to conduct bank transactions.

MB Financial Bank (http://www.mbfinancial.com) is a locally-operated financial institution that has been delivering competitive personalized service for more than 90 years to privately-owned companies as well as to individuals who live and work in the Chicago metropolitan area. MB Financial Bank’s holding company, MB Financial, Inc., is traded on the NASDAQ as "MBFI."

Note to editors: ** The ATM Freedom program does not apply to ATM transactions made from savings accounts. If a customer’s card is connected to a demand deposit and a savings account, this waiver does not apply. This waiver only applies to transactions made on the qualifying demand deposit account

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