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Which banks in Chicago are best for a bootstrapped start-up?
The first one who approves you for "over-draft" protection Lol!
On a serious note, I'd recommend either BofA or Chase. Both seem to be getting amped up (with programs) suited for new ventures in the digital space.
We've used Chase for the past five years and have always been happy with there service and fees. We've opened two SBA line of credits w/Chase and they're easy to work with.
Look into Silicon Valley Bank too, that's who we are with and they've been very good to us but more so if you think a growing reveneue stream will appear in the near future. Otherwise PNC, BMO Harris, TFC have programs available that either carry no monthly fee or are very easy to meet their 'fee waiver' guidelines.
Thanks for the answers here; I've been wondering this myself!
I used Charterone and Harris when I started. Charterone gave me a $50K credit line with very reasonable interest rate with basic documentation. It was very helpful in getting started. But they charge you few dollars here and there as fees. Harris has been extra conservative in giving any loans, especially to tech sector without any physical assets.