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Our Defining Moments

The strength and stability we operate with today is borne from a long legacy of principled actions, deft decision-making, bold innovation and a commitment to always doing what’s right for our clients.

During the height of the “Gilded Age” of corruption and conspicuous consumption, one of Chicago's most respected and influential bankers saw the need for a bank that embodied service, expertise and integrity.

On August 12, 1889, Byron Laflin Smith opened The Northern Trust Company. Ever since, we have stayed true to those core principles.