ITASCA, IL--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. ("First Midwest") (NASDAQ: FMBI) today announced that it will be participating in the KBW 2009 Regional Bank Conference to be held in Boston, Massachusetts on March 4th and 5th, 2009. Michael L. Scudder, First Midwest's President and Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to present at the conference on Thursday, March 5th at 8:45 A.M. (ET). Interested individuals may listen to the live webcast and view a copy of the slides by accessing For those unable to attend the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be available approximately 4 hours after the live presentation for 7 days.

First Midwest is the premier relationship-based banking franchise in the growing Chicagoland banking market. As one of the Chicago metropolitan area's largest independent bank holding companies, First Midwest provides the full range of both business and retail banking and trust and investment management services through some 100 offices located in 62 communities, primarily in metropolitan Chicago. First Midwest was recently recognized by the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workforce Flexibility in the greater Chicago Area.

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