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As “The Bank of You,” North Shore Bank is about helping families thrive, businesses grow and communities flourish. North Shore Bank prides itself on being an advocate for its customers, helping them live the life they want, and supporting the community we all share. And it’s our employees behind every counter and behind the scenes that make the difference.

With 46 offices throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, North Shore Bank and our nearly 500 employees remain committed to our customers by providing personalized service both in-person and from anywhere in the world through its online and mobile banking technology. It's been that way for 90 years. 

North Shore Savings & Loan

The North Shore Building & Loan Association was started in 1923 by a group of local teachers in the backroom of Perkins Hardware Store on what is now Capitol Drive in Shorewood, WI. Today, North Shore Bank (the name was changed in 1989) has assets of over $1.7 billion. 

As North Shore Building & Loan Association, we began our operations with $22,000 in assets and started building our branch network in the seventies, opening our first branch office in Milwaukee in 1972.  
 

Service Spreads

Growth continued with mergers and the acquisition of multiple banks throughout eastern Wisconsin, including the Racine and Green Bay areas. By the bank's 75th anniversary in 1998, North Shore Bank had 33 locations.
 
Since then, expansion continued with the opening of our initial Kenosha branch, acquisition of offices in the Fox Valley, Union Grove and Metro Milwaukee areas, and the opening of two offices in Ozaukee County.

Ribbon Cutting
 
In the spring of 2004 the bank opened the first full-service bank branch inside El Rey Nana's Market Mexican Grocery Store. The branch inside the south-side Milwaukee store is the first bank branch to be located in a metro Milwaukee ethnic supermarket and is part of North Shore Bank's ongoing effort to improve access to banking opportunities and provide bilingual assistance, and services for the area's Latino residents.
 
The bank expanded its reach across state lines with the purchase of Illinois State Bank in 2005. Then, with the acquisition of Maritime Savings Bank in 2010, North Shore added offices that serve customers in Cudahy, Muskego, and New Berlin.

North Shore Bank New Branch Interior
 
In 2013 North Shore Bank extended its presence in Kenosha after doing business with a single office for 14 years when it assumed the deposits and acquired selected assets of Bank of Kenosha following its closure by bank regulators and subsequent receivership by the FDIC.
 
As a result of an acquisition, North Shore Bank acquired of Layton Park Financial Group, Inc. (“Layton Park Financial”) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Layton State Bank in 2016 and grew its customer base in Milwaukee, West Allis, Greendale, and New Berlin.

North Shore Bank continues to evolve its office environment and financial products and services to meet the customer needs and preferences. The bank understands the importance of providing individualized solutions and conveniences for customers and businesses in Wisconsin, and it’s been that way for nearly 95 years.
 

90+ Years and Going Strong

For over 90 years North Shore Bank has been committed to our customers and the communities we serve. Our tradition has been to provide trustworthy, dependable guidance to help customers, business clients, and communities financially grow and prosper.
 
Today, with $1.9 billion in assets, 46 branch locations in eastern Wisconsin and in northern Illinois, and over $226 million in total capital, we continue to be one of the strongest banks in the country.
 
It is our belief that companies are really about people, and the people of North Shore Bank are passionate individuals who make a difference in the lives of our customers and our communities every day. We believe in putting customers first, treating people with respect, collaborating with our colleagues, thinking creatively to solve problems, and leveraging our diversity.

Seymour Savings & Friends

Our vision is to be a successful, community-minded bank recognized for high-touch service. Our role is to help people realize their dreams and fulfill customer expectations in a safe and sound manner. We are also committed to supporting our communities annually through sponsorship and participation in hundreds of local activities, including financial seminars, neighborhood celebrations and philanthropic events.
 

The Bank of You!

While we now offer 24-hour online, mobile, and telephone banking and other modern banking conveniences, like video teller and concierge service, we stay true to our roots. Whether helping families handle their day-to-day finances, purchase a new home, invest for retirement, or helping businesses grow; all of us at North Shore Bank remain committed to our customers and the communities we serve.

Helping a customer.

THE BANK OF YOU is about you. Your hopes. Your plans. Your slice of the American Dream. And we understand that the goals you set don't have to match anyone else's. This is your life to live. We're simply here to provide answers, advice, even words of encouragement to ensure things go according to your plan. Please let us know how we can help. 
 
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