Chris Cernek 

Chris Cernek

Vice President – Commercial Banking Officer

Christopher E. Cernek is a Vice President in the Commercial Real Estate Group’s Westmont location. For over two decades, Chris has specialized in financing small to mid-size ($2 to $20 million) income-producing properties such as office, retail, industrial and multifamily. Prior to joining First Midwest, Chris was Senior Vice President – Division Head at Leaders Bank, a boutique commercial bank headquartered in Oak Brook. While at Leaders, Chris and his team of real estate professionals provided their clients nearly $300 million in commercial real estate loans. Chris has also financed commercial real estate on both a national and a regional basis while at such venerable firms as DaimlerChrysler Capital Services, Household Mortgage Services and Fifth Third Bank.

Chris is a graduate of Indiana University and earned his MBA from Loyola University. He is active in several area charitable organizations including Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and Feed My Starving Children. 

Chris will gladly meet with you at your business location or you can also visit our Arlington Heights location.

Call 847-870-2537 to get connected with Chris today.

Send an Email to Chris

View Recent Loans

View Loan Parameters

View Financing Types

Customer Care

Got questions? Get answers.

Call us at 800-322-3623.

  • Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
  • Saturday: 8am – 5pm
  • Sunday: 9am – 2pm

Find the Nearest Branch

First Midwest is actively lending

You are leaving the First Midwest website.

Redirecting to

This is a link to a third-party site. Note that the third party's privacy policy and security practices may differ from First Midwest Bank's standards. Complete details regarding third-party links are available in our Terms of Use.