For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2024

Elizabeth Ferruelo
(312) 487-2208

Colorful Wintrust Mural in the Gray of Winter Features an Organization Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Jumpstarting Tech Careers for Low-Income Adults in Chicago

CHICAGO – The Wintrust mural along the Kennedy Expressway, a prominent platform to elevate some of the most impactful nonprofits in Chicago, features i.c.stars, an organization that provides adults with technology-based workforce development, community leadership training, internships and job placements.

i.c.stars, headquartered in Chicago with programs in Milwaukee and Kansas City, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.

“Wintrust has been a partner and supporter of i.c.stars for more than a decade, and we are absolutely thrilled to be featured on the mural”, said Amanda Hogan, Managing Director, i.c.stars Chicago. “The visibility for i.c.stars – in our 25th anniversary year and when we are growing so much – is invaluable.”

The mural’s colorful display exudes innovation, speaking to the organization’s mission, especially prominent in the gray Chicago winter.

“I hope viewers can take away more than one thing. I would love for them to see creativity, innovation, Chicago,” said Trotter Alexander, the Chicago-based artist who designed the mural. “I want people to see the passion.”

WHAT: i.c.stars featured on Wintrust mural
WHERE: Kennedy Expressway southbound, near North Avenue
WHEN: Now through the end of February 2024


About i.c.stars*
Currently operating in Chicago, Milwaukee and Kansas City, i.c.stars* began in 1998 when Sandee Kastrul, a former teacher, saw one of her most talented students working for minimum wage as a hotel housekeeper. This chance encounter made her wonder what she could do to ensure underserved young people reached their fullest potential.

i.c.stars* is focused on helping talented high school graduates or GED holders soar rather than winding up in dead-end, minimum-wage jobs. Working with low-income adults, providing them with employment opportunities and preparing them for community-based advocacy allows i.c.stars* to achieve its social purpose.