improveit!’s Q1 Business Improv Public Workshop

By | February 28th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Are you a business professional who would like to learn creative techniques to think more quickly on your feet during a meeting or at a presentation? Are you a leader or manager looking to enhance collaboration across your team? Are you the type of person who is always trying to be the best version of yourself? [...]

TIME Salon: The Plagiarists Fundraiser

By | February 27th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Plagiarists' mission is to steal from literature, visual art, history, and the culture at large to create new creative expression that finds the familiar in the strange, the unique in the commonplace, and ultimately enlarges the world. Plagiarist Salons are another way we put our theory into practice, providing a forum for artists to share [...]

Embers: Longing Never Fades

By | February 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

EMBERS: Longing Never Fades An intimate evening of voice and piano. Conceived, produced and performed by Anastasia Royal, EMBERS is a 90-minute show of original song woven into a story. It is an evening to revel in a unique and engaging experience. An evening to rekindle flames extinguished long ago. Come be immersed in one or [...]

Ignite Chicago is Making Your New Year Fun!

By | January 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have a burning idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Speaking at Ignite is an unforgettable experience. You step up to the mic. Your palms sweat. You can hear the thump of your blood rushing. Your voice cracks for [...]

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 [...]

Crafting a Brief & Brilliant Introduction With Leadership Story Lab

By | January 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Leadership Storytelling 101 Crafting a Brief and Brilliant Introduction Question. After listening to a typical PowerPoint presentation, how much information do you recall? Chances are, not too much. No, there is nothing wrong with your memory. For over 25 years now, we have known that data is up to 20 times more likely to be remembered [...]

Ignite Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol

By | December 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

PRESENTS Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Ignite Theatre presents A Christmas Carol like you’ve never experienced before. This interactive, immersive new take on the holiday classic brings the audience along on a 1 hour tour through the unique and creative rooms of The Catalyst Ranch. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the beloved story from dancing [...]

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 [...]

The Amazing Paper Sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Art, Create, December, Design, Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So you say you always wanted to see lifelike animals sculpted out of newspaper but never knew where to find them?  Well, look no further!  Paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates amazingly detailed three dimensional sculptures (the sleeping one above looks like Pogo's long-lost cousin!) out of everyday newspapers. By binding rolled and twisted wet newspaper, using the [...]

Ignite Theatre Presents Why Not Me

By | December 3rd, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Presents Based on Chicago writer/actress Jen Bosworth's real-life experiences, the wry, energetic, comedic performance reveals the humorous gaffes and tribulations of her days as an actress living in Los Angeles and her return to Chicago as sickness and cancer engulf her family, while, at the same time, popular singer Jack White invades her nightly dreams as [...]