the sterling story


Jack Friedman

The Sterling Properties story began with Jack's purchase of a single-story garage building on the Northside of Chicago.   Having grown up in an impoverished home, Jack had little savings.   Risking  everything he had in pursuit of his dream, Jack purchased this property and completed what would later be known as Sterling Properties' first  acquisition.  He leased the building to a tenant and purchased other properties. 


Cele and Jack Friedman

Today, more than 80 years after Jack's first vision of entering the real estate market, Sterling Properties is a full scale commercial real estate investment firm. Having grown slowly and steadily over the past eight decades, Sterling Properties is involved in every aspect of commercial real estate investment.  In-house brokerage, acquisition, legal, management, leasing and construction divisions enable us to act quickly and decisively.


Sterling Properties continues to grow in its third generation of family ownership and management with the same entrepreneurial spirit and  creative thinking upon which the firm was founded. Our portfolio includes a variety of office, retail, medical, flex, industrial and warehouse facilities in the nation's Midwest region...including that single-story garage building on the Northside of Chicago.