Kelly From Our New Partner, Scafuri Bakery!

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: March, Meet, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Name: Kelly Lynch   Name of your Company: Scafuri Bakery     Tell us about your business and its history or a story of inception. Scafuri Bakery was started by my great great grandfather in 1904 after he immigrated to America from Calabria, Italy. It was a staple part of the Little Italy neighborhood for [...]

5 Ways to Brighten Your Work Space

By | March 6th, 2017|Categories: March, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

5 ways to brighten your work space by Kim Jean Time and again we hear the bubbling excitement of voices approaching the elevator on their way out after a successful day of meetings at Catalyst Ranch. The sound of laughter, overhearing meeting attendees talk about the surroundings, how many ideas they’ve generated, how productive they’ve been [...]

Allie from improve it! on Why the Space Matters

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Creative Spaces, Improvisation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Any improviser, when asked politely, can tell you the worst place they’ve had to perform. On a boat, in a clearing in the woods, in someone’s basement, at the back of a Chili’s in rural Indiana for what could only be the worst date night in the world (that last one might be a tad autobiographical). [...]

Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Creative Spaces, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Interviews, Meeting Planner Spotlight, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Levi is an innovator and entrepreneur who is bringing together other innovators and entrepreneurs in a spirit of collaboration in a no-pressure environment.  He brings this spirit to the West Loop when Coffee & Conversation comes to Catalyst Ranch in February. Name: Levi Baer Name of Your Company: Second Shift, teacher at DePaul University, and leader [...]

improve it! & Catalyst Ranch partner up for 2017

By | January 27th, 2017|Categories: Teambuilding, Uncategorized, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Reason #17 to love this year: get 17% off an improve it! workshop and 17% off your room rental price (either half day or full day) when booked at Catalyst Ranch! Just make sure to book your workshop by March 31st, 2017 and get this once-a-year offer. Utilize improve it!’s out-of-the-box thinking and fun energy at one [...]

Storytelling & the 2016 Election

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Events, Ignite Theatre, January, Meet, One-Woman Show, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It was 4AM and the sun was far from up. But there I was. Awake and gulping down coffee with excitement and purpose. I grabbed my backpack, slipped into my uber, and prepared to spend the next sixteen hours working as an Election Coordinator. I was assigned outside of my ward, (which I was a little [...]

Your Own Plastic Recycling Workshop!

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Create, Entrepreneurs, January, Teach, Uncategorized, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"In case you didn't notice. . " Everywhere you go, grocery stores are using less plastic bags, companies are reducing the use of plastic in their water and soda bottles, and eco-friendly companies are finding new ways to transport their products. The next logical question for someone concerned with the well-being of the planet and his or [...]

Esther Choy on “Should I Really Admit This?”

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Consultants, Events, Interviews, January, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Photo Credit: Tommie Hansen via creativecommons.org Should I Really Admit This? How to Find Common Ground at Networking Events I belong to a private club in downtown Chicago. It occupies a regal, historic building. Membership requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, three letters of support from current members, and an ability to shoulder a monthly [...]

January 2017 Artist Calendar Page

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Calendar, Catalyst Ranch, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Interviews, Problem Solving, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jodi Whitlock of Corporate Event Interactive tells us about how their team got started, where she likes to vacation (don't forget the wine!) and what's coming up for CEI. What made you get into this business? CEI began as a traditional event planning company. We quickly discovered an affinity for the teambuilding and interactive part of [...]