Chicago • Downers Grove • Naperville • Schaumburg

Impacting Lives & Helping Build Secure Futures

Here at Northwestern Mutual - Chicagoland, we believe in doing what's right. This is evident in our commitment to our clients, the continued development and support our financial representatives, and our dedication to the communities in which we live.

For over 160 years, Northwestern Mutual has been the Policyowner's Company. Taking a long-term view and sharing our success with our clients sets us apart. We are passionate about helping people achieve financial security and build brighter futures – And we do it unlike anyone else.

Under the direction of Ryan Kramer, Managing Partner, and backed by the strength of our leadership team - Northwestern Mutual Chicagoland has created a culture of development, support, and advancement for our field force. We create meaningful employment opportunities and we are committed to upholding our core values of abundance, integrity, loyalty, growth & culture in everything we do.

While we dedicate our time and effort to our clients, we also place a very significant importance on giving back to our communities. By serving the communities throughout Chicagoland, we strive to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Each year we exceed both volunteer hours and monetary goals set for our firm; and we aim to continue this trend. It is amazing to see how much of a difference we have made in our communities, and how many lives we are able to impact in the process.

What We Believe

We believe in doing what’s right. This is evident in the way we do business, in how we work with clients, in our mission & the values we hold and in the way we’re working together to strengthen our local communities.

That’s why we are proud to be named one of the Worlds Most Admired Companies by Fortune.

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How We Lead

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We are building brighter futures by helping clients achieve lifelong financial security and by giving back to the communities we serve.

Northwestern Mutual Chicagoland has been serving Chicago and the surrounding suburbs since 1905. Our company has the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies.

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Why We're Strong

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Working together, our Leadership Team, Network of Specialists, Financial Advisors and Representatives, Wealth Management Advisors, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS ™ and Support Staff carefully watch over the way our company is managed and held accountable.

Recognizing the value of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS ™ in the lives of the clients’ in which they serve, we made the decision to serve as the founding sponsor of the CFP Board for Financial Planning.

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Our Committment to Excellence

Our unique community helps advisors thrive through support from our local network offices in Downtown Chicago, Downers Grove, Naperville and Schaumburg (near Woodfield Mall). We provide formal training, peer support, professional credentialing and a strong referral network. Through this philosophy, we earned our spot as Chicago Tribune's Top Workplace since 2017. We were named a Fortune Most Admired Company in 2019 and a Glassdoor Best Place To Work & a Forbes Best Large Employer in 2018. 

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has been recognized by Forbes, as they named Northwetsern Mutual a Best Employer for Diversity in 2020.

Learn more about our award winning internship program. Northwestern Mutual ranks #53 overall across all industries on the Vault's Top 100 Internships for 2019, and is the only company to be recognized in the top 10 in financial services and career development for 24 straight years.

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Innovative Client Support Services

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Our clients have access to interactive applications ad platforms that enhance their relationship with their advisor. Our innovative service delivery model earned us the 2016 Eye on Innovation Prize for Most Innovative Digital Business Model in Financial Services by Gartner.

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Our Chicagoland Leaders

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Ryan J Kramer, CLU®, ChFC®, CLF®

Managing Partner


Northwestern Mutual financial representatives have the opportunity to determine their own financial futures while making an impact on others.

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#1 in the Financial Services Industry

- Selling Power's "50 Best Companies to Sell for Now." October 2016

Top Ten Internship for 22 Straight Years

- Vault Guide to Internships, 2018 edition

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