A community focused on sustainability & cooperative living located in rural, north-central Illinois.


About Stelle

Rooted in a philosophy of personal responsibility, lifelong education, positive attitude, cooperation and democracy, Stelle is an open community providing many opportunities for residents to interact, share and thrive together.

In our rural setting, Stelle offers a simpler lifestyle and a safe, family-oriented environment. Through optional cooperative groups, including gardening, tool-sharing and even a dinner coop, Stelle residents have created a family-like atmosphere to live and participate as much or as little as desired, while maintaining a strong sense of individuality.

Problem solving & creativity are abundant here.

We boast having many U.S. firsts, including:

  • A solar powered telephone company
  • A solar powered wireless internet service
  • A municipal reverse osmosis water treatment system
  • An integrated education program spanning from prenatal stimulation through high school
  • A wind-electric powered village water treatment plant

Visiting Stelle

Attending a workshop? Visiting friends or family? Want to see what Stelle is about? We have two rooms now available for rent in our Community Center.

Our vintage cider press.

Our vintage cider press.


Our Traditions

Arbor Day tree planting. The Festival of Joy. Cider making. Stone soup. Quilting & fiber arts. Monday night cooperative dinners.

Learn more about Stelle traditions →