With some research, there doesn't seem to be a lot of history on this mall, although its 2 hours from Chicago, on RT-2 off I-88. There isn't much to say in regards to where the mall really began and what its like today, which is why blogs like this exist, to uncover the unknown.
When I went to Northland mall in the summer of 2012, it was a warm Sunday afternoon and the mall closed at 6:00, upon arrival, there were only 3 cars in the lot, before walking in, I didn't know what to expect, yet it was a very small, quite mall plotted virtually in the middle of nowhere, surrounding farm towns and serving the village of Sterling, Illinois.
The current anchors are:
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Most of the mall was vacant, but some stores, the usual empty mall stores, were in here, shops and independently owned clothing stores.