6 Reasons to Visit a Currency Exchange

The vast range of financial needs a Community Currency Exchange can serve might be Illinois’ best kept secret. What started as a check-cashing shop now offers dozens of financial services for everyday tasks. Whether you have funds coming in or going out, there’s probably a currency exchange nearby that can help.

Here are six of the most common reasons to visit.

1. Cash Checks

Perhaps your startup is finally turning a profit, but you need help cashing checks made out to your new business. We can cash whatever kind of check you bring in, often more easily than at a traditional bank. You won’t have to wait two business days for the check to clear. If you work irregular shifts, there are currency exchange locations open evenings and weekends that can get you your cash.

2. Direct Deposit Program

Many residents don’t have a checking or savings account in which to deposit funds. But waiting for payroll checks, tax refunds, or government benefits to arrive in the mail is stressful – and totally unnecessary. Why not use our SecureCheck™ Direct Deposit program? Call or stop by and we will explain how to have your checks sent electronically to the Currency Exchange most convenient for you so that you receive your funds faster.

3. Send Funds

Many people need to make payments as soon as they’re able. A bank isn’t necessarily the place to make that happen. We’ll handle your money order to cover a debt or money transfer to a friend abroad and help you understand which service makes the most sense for your situation. The person on the receiving end can get the money in cash or have it transferred to a bank account. Any of our employees will walk you through the process so that the money goes to the right place, as safely and securely as possible.

4. One-Stop-Shop for Bill Payments

It’s getting harder than ever to juggle all the different bills for utilities, cable, phone, and other needs. Paying bills on time can be tricky when your money situation isn’t always ideal, or you lack a credit card or bank account. Our electronic bill payments can help you with your late utility payment as soon as possible, avoiding any delays. Currency exchanges throughout the state accept payments for hundreds of services and companies, including:

  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Cell Phone
  • Mortgage
  • Water
  • Telephone
  • Cable TV
  • Credit Cards

Just bring in your latest bill and the cash to cover it, and we’ll handle the rest within minutes.

5. Take Care of Car-Related Services

If it’s related to your car, boat, or other vehicle, it can probably be taken care of here. We’ll get your car or boat registered and help you deal with the details involved in ownership. You won’t have to wait in long lines or drive out of your way to deal with needs such as:

  • Title and registration
  • License plate renewal
  • City vehicle stickers

Until recently, the city sent routine reminders to every driver with information about important deadlines. Increasingly, though, the owner is expected to keep up with these necessities online. Take advantage of this service and you won’t have to wade through confusing websites. The internet isn’t always the best place to figure out what deadlines and rules apply specifically to you. We’ll handle the paperwork and answer your questions so that you know your car or truck is legit.

6. Update – and Understand – Your Ventra Card

Millions of CTA and Pace customers use Ventra, which has made some changes, including the way money gets loaded onto cards. We’ll handle that too, so you won’t be stuck frantically trying to load up your card at an El station.

Older cards need to be replaced, and the new Ventra system can be confusing. While creating an online Ventra Transit Account is not required, it does provide balance protection if your card or mobile device is lost or damaged. But not everyone wants to create an online account just so they can take the bus.

Come on in and let us decipher what’s going on with Ventra and how it affects you. Whether you misplaced your card, need a new one, or aren’t sure if there’s money left on your old one, we’ll handle all your Ventra-related needs.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Community Currency Exchanges provide a host of other necessary services throughout Chicago, in numerous suburban communities, and downstate. Find the location nearest you today!


With over 350 locations, many open nights, weekends, and holidays (and several stores with 24/7 availability), you can rest easy knowing your financial needs can be taken care of when you need them most. We’re in the heart of every community. Don’t believe us? See for yourself.