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Originally organized in 1999, Sterling Main Street became the dream of a dedicated small group of Sterling, Illinois business owners and community leaders. Working for many years to bring the Main Street® Program to Sterling, their hard work and vision was finally rewarded when they received official accreditation from the Illinois Main Street Program in March of 2009. 

That same year, Sterling Main Street relocated its office to its renovation project of 4 years, The Martin Building, located on the corner of 3rd Street and Locust (currently the home of The Rusty Fox Wine & Alehouse). This renovation project served as the catalyst for Sterling Main Street’s Façade Grant program, which has awarded over $276,000 in grants  since the program began in 2009, assisting property owners in the City’s Downtown District to revitalize their storefronts.

Today, Sterling Main Street continues to work with Illinois Main Street as well as utilizing the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach to downtown revitalization. This approach is based on a comprehensive strategy, tailored to local needs and opportunities in four broad areas: 

Design, Organization, Promotion and Economic Vitality.

From downtown beautification projects; community activities & events; and support for the small, independent businesses that make up the core of our downtown and contribute to Sterling’s unique character; downtown Sterling is experiencing a great surge in momentum as it continues its journey to return to being the thriving heart of the community that makes Sterling, Illinois a great place to live, work and play.

Our 2017 Partnership Campaign is now underway.  Help Sterling Main Street continue to bring great events and activities to our community through your support.  

Learn More HERE.

We are excited to announce the addition of residential housing to downtown Sterling.  Now under construction the Lawrence Lofts, located at the corner of 1st Avenue and East 3rd Street, will be 20 residential units, a mix of 1 bed/1 bath and 2 bed/2 bath apartment, and available late summer 2017. 

For more information on Lawrence Lofts
or to be placed on the waiting list, call 855-788-6311
or email

Sterling Main Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Our events and activities provided for the community each year are supported by local businesses and individuals who want to help create the kind of community we want to live in for generations to come.  Please visit our PARTNER page to learn more on how you can help Sterling Main Street continue to provide events and activities such as Movies at Grandon, Seasonal Sights & Sounds and more, to the Community, or click the Donate button to make your charitable contribution today.  

Additional Sterling Main Street programs:

Indoor Farmers' Market 
Open Year-Round 
Saturday Mornings
8 AM - Noon

106 Avenue A
Downtown Sterling

Outdoor Summer Mid-week Market
Tuesday evenings 

June 6 -August 15, 2017
4 - 7 PM
Grandon Civic Center
Central Memorial Park

Telling the history of Sterling in 20 larger than life,
hand-painted murals adorning the walls of structures throughout the Downtown.

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