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Money Smart Week Chicago, April 17-24, 2010

Last Updated: 04/02/10

News Release

Upcoming Money Smart Week April 17-24

CHICAGO — The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and more than 250 partner organizations announced today that the ninth-annual Chicago Money Smart Week will be held April 17-24.


Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its partner organizations, 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 450 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.


“The Chicago Fed started the Money Smart Week program nine years ago,” said Chicago Fed President Charles Evans. “The program has grown exponentially, 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 2010 include an essay contest for grade school students from fifth through eighth grade, programming for Chicago Public School students, a stop from the nationally touring ‘Money Bus,’ and added events in DuPage County and the western suburbs.


A calendar of events for this year’s Money Smart Week, along with additional updated information is now available on the Chicago Fed’s Web site:


Experts in personal finance will also be available for interview requests after the event.