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Fun Things To Do in Milan, IL

This charming small town offers a lot of great activities for residents! Milan sits below Moline and the Rock River. We are 7 miles from Downtown Rock Island, IL. With wonderful parks, a lively dining experience and music scene, you will find yourself immersed in the culture of Milan, IL.


Top 5 Things to Do Around Milan, IL


1. Black Hawk Forest

Visitors can enjoy the beauty and seclusion of the 208-acre Black Hawk Forest. Located in Rock Island, there are 6 miles of trails which are rated moderately difficult. (All pets must be leashed.)

The forest is shelter for 175 bird species. At the edge of the forest is the Black Hawk State Historic Site. The area used to be a Sauk nation village which is famous as the birthplace of Native American leader Black Hawk. Visitors can learn more about the region’s history at the John Hauberg Museum of Native American Life.

Rock Island, Illinois
(309) 788-0177


2. Camden Park

Camden Park is a 90-acre public park in Milan, IL. The park has walking paths, a disk golf course, and playground. There are also soccer and baseball fields. Village Woods Apartments is less than a mile from Camden Park.

If you are looking for an outdoor party or gathering, Camden Park has picnic areas with grills. In addition, the shelter and lodge can be rented.

Milan, IL 61264


3. Brick and Motor Boutique

Brick and Motor Boutique (not a typo!) sells clothes and other accessories. They have a storefront in Rock Island, IL and also a mobile shop. You will get wonderful customer service at both the brick store and mobile store! Brick and Motor Boutique was opened in 2018 by sisters Haley and Lauren.

If you have questions about sizing, feel free to contact them! When the mobile shop is hosted by a business or school, the sisters give 5% of the profit to a charity that the businesses picked.

1700 2nd Ave. Suite #1, Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 798-8014


4. SouthPark Mall

In nearby Moline, SouthPark Mall is a convenient and relaxing shopping option. The indoor shopping mall has 60 stores and a food court. There is also a Buffalo Wild Wings, Chick-fil-a, and Habanero’s Mexican Grill in the mall.

The anchor stores are Dillard’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, JCPenney, and Von Maur. But SouthPark Mall has a variety of other businesses as well. The main concourse was updated in 2014 to improve customer satisfaction.

4500 16th St, Moline, IL 61265
(309) 797-6142

5. Rock Island KOA

Rock Island KOA is a campground in Rock Island, IL with an array of fun activities for all ages. They have a lot of water amenities such as heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and water spray park. Rock Island KOA also has a lake for fishing and boating.

The campground has cabins, RV sites, and tent camping spots for overnight stays. Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is a group of privately owned campgrounds. Rock Island KOA is owned by locals John and Carole Downing.

2311 78th Ave W, Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 787-0665


Best Restaurants in Milan, IL

Our city’s dining is a mix of local tradition, international flavor, and fusion. These five must-try eateries define our culinary scene, from laid-back bars and pizza places to Mexican food. Check out some of the favorites that our residents enjoy.


Pagalo's Pizzeria & Gelato Café

Pizza, Restaurant

The best pizza in Milan, IL is found at Pagalo’s Pizzeria & Gelato Café. They cook their pizza in a wood-fired oven from France. The pizzeria was opened back in 1996. If you’re still hungry after the pizza, you can get delicious gelato for dessert!



Luli’s Restaurant and Bar

Restaurant, Sports Bar

This is one of the highest rated restaurants in the city on Google. Luli’s Restaurant and Bar serves American food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Check out their mac 'n cheese nachos!



Welcome Inn Restaurant & Lounge

Italian, New American

Welcome Inn Restaurant serves specials made from scratch. You can enjoy Italian and New American cuisine there. They are open at 6 AM for early-rising patrons! The diner is a solid staple in the community.



Finn’s Grill

American, Hamburger

Finn's Grill is a local hamburger spot owned by Joe Ende. The menu highlights include burgers, fries, Philly steak sandwiches, and BLT sandwiches. Visit this restaurant and we guarantee you’ll become a Finn’s fan!



Cactus Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, Restaurant

Cactus Mexican Restaurant is a local Mexican restaurant in Milan, IL. All customers get lots of chips and salsa. The chorizo and pastor tacos are amazing, and you can wash them down with margaritas. Yes, they celebrate Taco Tuesday.



Schools in Milan, IL

Rock Island-Milan School District 41
(309) 793-5900