• May 16-17, 2020
  • Northerly Island—Chicago

At the Show

Adventure awaits you around every corner at Outside Experience 

Climb, Bike, Paddle, Run and More!

Thank you for joining us for the first-ever Outside Experience! We hope you got your fix of adventure while slack lining, rappelling, rock climbing and fly fishing and enjoyed meeting adventurers from around the country. Check back soon for details on next year’s Outside Experience and continue to follow along with us at @Outside_Experience. In the meantime, get outside and LIVE BRAVELY. 

Stay tuned for updates on the 2020 Outside Experience Show

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.


Sponsored by Go RVing


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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.

2019 Speakers and Guests

Attendees heard from these incredible speakers and guests
View 2019 Schedule of Events >>

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.

One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue

In 2007 Heather Owen, One Tail at a Time’s President and co-Founder, visited Chicago Animal Care and Control for the first time. That year, the city shelter was euthanizing more than 13,000 animals in those walls. The visit was an inspiration to become involved in the animal rescue community and be part of the solution. The next year One Tail at a Time was born inside an Albany Park apartment among five friends.

They started as a backup plan for animals that were not getting adopted or rescued by other groups in the area shelters. Over the years they have experienced consistent and steady growth, being among the top transfer partners for both open access shelters in Chicago and having a robust transport program in which dogs are continuously rescued from southern states in need. In 2015, their first brick and mortar location opened called the Adoption Center.

Since the opening of the Adoption Center, community involvement has been at an all-time high. That growth led to the start of the neonate kitten program as well as a shelter diversion program that keeps pets with their families. Learn more about One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue at https://www.onetail.org/about/

Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us @chicagoredcross on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  The Red Cross is an organization that is comprised of 90% volunteers. If you are interested please visit us at redcross.org/volunteer.

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.


B Corp Village

Sponsored by Patagonia Exhibitors:

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.