The Small Business Administration Announces Village Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, as the 2013 Small Lender of the

The Small Business Administration Announces Village Bank & Trust, a Wintrust
Community Bank, as the 2013 Small Lender of the Year

ROSEMONT, Ill., May 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Small Business
Administration recently recognized Village Bank & Trust ("VBT"), a Wintrust
Community Bank, as the 2013 Small Lender of the Year. VBT has seven locations
in Chicago's suburbs: Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Mt. Prospect, Park
Ridge, and Prospect Heights.

Since 1963, the Small Business Administration has sponsored a National Small
Business Week recognizing small business owners for their personal successes
and contributions to our nation. This year will mark the 50^th anniversary of
the National Small Business Week.

"Village Bank & Trust's hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to the
community has helped them succeed," said Karen G. Mills, U.S. Small Business
Administrator. "The SBA is delighted to recognize their achievements and role
in driving our nation's economic growth."

The Small Business Administration has planned a weeklong series of events from
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21, 2013 that will be interesting, educational,
and enjoyable. As an award winner, VBT is looking forward to attending the
National Small Business Week Events to identify more ways to support their
small business clients. They will be recognized at the final celebration to be
held in Washington, D.C. on Friday June 21, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel.

About Wintrust Financial Corporation

Wintrust Financial Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of
approximately $17 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global
Select Market (Nasdaq:WTFC). Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers
sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on
providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust
operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, with more than 100 banking
offices located in the greater Chicago and Milwaukee market areas. Wintrust
also provides wealth management services, commercial insurance premium
financing, mortgage origination, short-term accounts receivable financing, and
certain administrative services, such as data processing of payrolls, and
billing and treasury management services to its customers.

CONTACT: Thomas J. Huffman
         Senior Vice President - SBA Lending
         Village Bank & Trust
         847.590.7030
         thuffman@bankatvillage.com