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Find it all in Downtown Sterling

Looking for a great place to eat? A little nightlife? Some retail therapy? You’re sure to find what you’re looking for in Downtown Sterling, Illinois.

Grab a latte at Air Play Espresso & Bakery, catch a movie at the Sterling Theater, find that fabulous new outfit at Revive or Fringe Boutiques, or just enjoy the history of the architecture and the stories behind the murals throughout the downtown. There is something for everyone. Explore! Enjoy!

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.


Sterling Main Street is dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of our historic downtown. Through collaboration with local businesses, organizations, and local government, we strive to create a vibrant, attractive, and thriving community hub where history meets modernity. Our commitment is to foster a welcoming environment that celebrates our unique heritage and supports economic growth, making downtown Sterling a destination for residents and visitors alike.

As a member of the larger Illinois Main Street and Main Street America networks, Sterling Main Street utilizes Main Street’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

With beautification projects; great community events; and support for the small, independent businesses that make up the core of our downtown and contribute to Sterling’s unique character, Sterling Main Street is creating a vibrant downtown experience for all to enjoy.

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