As a parent; have you ever heard your children say, "there's nothing to do"?  That's when you start thinking about your investment in computers and other devices for them; the soccer & football equipment, the clarinet & tennis racket you sold at the garage sale. . . . 

If you live here or visit Niles - you'll never say there's nothing to do.  This is the home of the Dodge Brothers, Ring Lardner, Tommy James and the Fort St. Joseph Archeology Project.  Visit our Queen – the Grand Ole Chapin Mansion and see the ornately carved wood fire place mantels, stained glass windows and historical chandeliers.  Don’t forget to visit the Fort St. Joseph Museum to learn the history of Niles and see original pictographs drawn by Chief Sitting Bull or look for the children’s favorite . . .the two-headed lamb.  Golf at Plym Park Golf Course, join the men’s basketball team or the women’s swim team or take a yoga class at our local YMCA.  Watch the children move thru the seasons playing soccer, softball, football, tennis, basketball and more. Niles City boasts a variety of festivals, events and activities in and around the downtown and throughout the City.  Farmers bring their best grown Michigan fruits and vegetables to the downtown market for all to enjoy. Join us for the Niles Bluegrass/Americana Festival, the Apple Festival and the Niles Burn Run. 

Come to Niles and make a habit of visiting our eclectic shops, stores, restaurants, and convenient financial and other business institutions.  We are changing the landscape of our 11th Street Business Corridor and we've planned our downtown to make it a great walkable encounter with forward-thinking business owners who work hard to bring you a unique shopping experience.  Follow the crowd down Main Street to the beautiful Riverfront Park which stretches along the serene St. Joseph River. Walk or bike the Riverfront Trail - from the skateboard park to the French Dam - fish the river, let the children play on the park equipment or watch a free outdoor movie in the summer.   Visit our amphitheater for live entertainment during festivals and events or join an outdoor fitness class. There is always activity in our numerous parks throughout the city.  In winter there's Santa Claus and his sleigh, horse drawn carriages, the Lighting of the Historic Depot and the famous Hunter Ice Festival each January.  You are only 30 minutes from a ski slope, 15 minutes from Notre Dame and only 90 minutes from the bright lights of Chicago.

Come to Niles for a visit or to live.  Get involved in our community and volunteer for the Historic District Commission, Planning Commission or a variety of other advisory boards that recommend changes and improvements to our City Council.  Come enjoy our quality of life.  Come experience the feel of a small town with access to all of the things that a big city has without the big city rush.  Come uncover what’s great about the City of Niles.  We welcome you. 

Interested in staying up to date with everything downtown Niles, MI? Click HERE to subscribe to the DDA's e-newsletter.