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

Featured Experiences



Explore all that Outside Experience has to offer and create your own adventure in our activity zones.

BACKYARD

Sometimes getting outside simply means grilling in the backyard or having a picnic in the park. The Backyard Zone is where you’ll find inspiration for hosting at your abode or enjoying a staycation. Sample beer and whiskey in the Craft Beverage Lounge or give axe-throwing a shot.

BIKING

All the bikes, clothing, and accessories you need to get out and ride the road, dirt, and gravel. Test out some of the hottest e-bikes on the indoor, dirt Bosch mountain bike trail.

CLIMBING

On belay? Belay on. Kids, novices, and experienced climbers alike will have their match on the eight-lane climbing wall. Plus, learn about local gyms and discover the latest climbing gear from tops brands.  

ADVENTURE VEHICLES

Check out the latest adventure vehicles to create your own epic road trip.  From towable trailers to motorhomes.  Tour the units and learn from the experts at Go RVing.

RUNNING

See the latest, greatest trail and road running footwear, apparel, and accessories. Try Salomon trail runners on the indoor, dirt running and hiking trail.

TRAIL BLAZING

Calling all hikers and backpackers: this is your zone. From day hiking to serious trekking, check out the latest in gear, including hiking footwear from premium brands that you can test on the indoor, dirt hiking and running trail.

TRAVEL

Plan your next roadtrip or bucket-list getaway with inspiration and insider tips from leading adventure travel companies and destinations.

WATER SPORTS

Check out the latest paddling and fishing apparel, gear, and accessories. Try your hand at fly casting in a giant fly fish casting tank courtesy of Orvis. Want to get on the water? Head outside to the Paddle Zone to try out one of several kayaks, SUPs, and canoes on Lake Michigan.

LIVING WELL

Breathe in. Get inspired to live with meaning and intention. Here you’ll find yoga sessions and brands that support your smart, healthy, busy lifestyle. Breathe out.

WINTER SPORTS

It’s never too early to start scheming your next ski trip or new kit. Get inspired with the best resorts and latest snowboard and ski gear.

CAMPING

Explore the great outdoors in style and comfort with the functional travel gear and camping accessories you’ll find in the Camping Zone.

PETS

Because man’s best friend needs gear too. Explore equipment, nutrition, and more to keep your pet safe and happy.