• July 13-14, 2019
  • McCormick Place | Chicago

At the Show

Adventure awaits you around every corner at Outside Experience 

Climb, Bike, Paddle, Run and More!

Outside is proud to introduce Outside Experience, presented by Go RVing, along the shore of Lake Michigan July 13-14, 2019 at McCormick Place.

Check out the latest gear and adventure vehicles, paddle on Lake Michigan, demo mountain bikes on the indoor dirt trail, get inspired with new adventure films, and more. Outside Experience offers activities for all ages and abilities to get outside, be more active, and to LIVE BRAVELY.


Adventure Zones

Explore all ten Adventure Zones to discover the latest gear and inspiration from leading active lifestyle brands.

Click on an Adventure Zone to learn more.


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Outside Experience Park

Welcome to Outside Experience Park, presented by Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Explore trails, discover gear, and sip whiskey amongst the trees.

Speakers and Guests

Hear from athletes, adventurers, artists, change-makers, and explorers, from inspiring Chicago-area locals to legends featured in Outside Magazine.

Live Performance by Ha Ha Tonka

Official Charities

Outside Experience is proud to support local organizations that help make Chicago such an amazing place to visit or call home. We invite you to visit our nonprofit partners’ websites and booths at the show to get informed and learn how you can make a difference.

Chicago Voyagers

Chicago Voyagers’ mission is to empower at-risk youth through outdoor experiential adventures that foster healthy relationships and responsible behavior.  You can help guide youth their journey by visiting Chicago Voyagers website.

Chicago Adventure Therapy

Using outdoor adventure sports like paddling, orienteering, camping, cycling, and rock climbing, Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT) helps underserved youth in Chicago have a lasting positive impact on their communities and become healthy adults by teaching effective social skills and strong leadership skills, increasing participants’ sense of possibility, and fostering a sense of empowerment and personal responsibility. Visit CAT to learn more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is an affiliate of the oldest, most respected mentoring organization in the US. As Metro Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children between the ages of 7 and 14. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Learn more about becoming a Big or supporting Chicagoland matches at https://bbbschgo.org.

Midwest Made

Outside Experience is proud to feature an array of Midwest Made brands and businesses. Each brand from Chicago and the greater Midwest will feature a special designation on their booth sign, proudly designating them as Midwest Made.

Current Midwest Exhibitors

5Point Adventure Film Festival

Presented by

Based in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and touring across the nation, 5Point shares stories of adventure that have the power to ignite positive change in our communities and in our world. Through adventure, we find our best selves and encourage those around us to do the same. That’s why 5Point curates meaningful adventure stories that aim to inspire Chicago and every community to live by 5 points:

Check back here for official showtimes.
5Point Film is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and proud member of 1% for the Planet.