Catalyst Ranch is Chicago's most creative Meeting and Special Events Space.

How to Choose a Special Events Venue: The Must-Have Checklist

By | 2017-06-29T18:21:14+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Events, Featured Blog, July, Special Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How to Choose a Special Events Venue: The Must-Have Checklist By Kim Jean This is how to choose a special events venue. You arm yourself with the must-have special events checklist. What is on the checklist you ask? First, imagine this: The day you planned for is here, everything is perfect, guests are having the time [...]

3 Big, Easy Tips for a Green Meeting

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:27+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Creative Spaces, Events, Meeting Tip|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  Believe it or not, for an industry that is all about people and forging connections between them, the Meeting and Event industry generates a lot of waste. From all the handouts, to the food and even where all the furniture comes from, meetings and events leave a fairly sizable carbon footprint. At Catalyst Ranch, "green" [...]

Your Own Plastic Recycling Workshop!

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:28+00:00 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 [...]

Who Wouldn’t Love a No Waste Grocery Store?

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:31+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Inspire, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

ZERO WASTE MARKET I remember when I was a kid and my mom would take me a half hour away to piano lessons.  After the lesson, as a reward, Mom would take my brother and I to a store that had candy and gum and seeds and nuts in big barrels and bins, and [...]

Women Entrepreneurs: My Kitchen Shrink

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:44+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Entrepreneurs, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We are pleased to present a new blog series featuring Women Entrepreneurs. We meet so many women who are hard- working, tenacious, creative and generous and we want you to meet them too. We ask about life, inspiration and curiosity and they answer as we would expect. With honesty and amazing spirit! Our first fabulous guest [...]

Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:45+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, Inspire, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins At Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s first unconventional meeting venue, we love re-purposed art and furniture! Stroll around the Ranch and you’ll see classic lamp stands with modern lampshades, tea tins from around the globe that have turned into pen holders, and re-painted picture frames embellished with beads and trinkets. There is [...]

3 Fabulous Flash Mob Proposals

By | 2017-04-27T13:23:10+00:00 February 19th, 2014|Categories: #WeddingWednesday, Catalyst Ranch, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome back to #WeddingWednesday, our semi weekly column where we bring you wedding tips, tricks, crafts, interviews, and interesting Chicago wedding happenings. Flash mobs are seemingly random performances that break out unexpectedly in public places. Many involve music and dance, and some of the best ones end in sweet marriage proposals! Are you looking for a [...]

Designing Happiness (& Productivity!)

By | 2017-04-27T13:23:11+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Inspire, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As we say at Catalyst Ranch, it all starts with the environment, and our creative Chicago meeting venue is an environment like no other!  With bright colors and an eclectic collection of art from around the world, the Ranch vibe reflects the diverse, imaginative, artistic staff and the incredible ideas that are generated and developed in [...]

#WeddingWednesday: One Stop Shopping for your Green Wedding

By | 2017-04-27T13:23:11+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Categories: #WeddingWednesday, Catalyst Ranch, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome back to #WeddingWednesday, our semi weekly column where we bring you wedding tips, tricks, crafts, interviews, and interesting Chicago wedding happenings.  Considering a green wedding?  Eco-conscious weddings are on the rise - and why wouldn't they be? Green weddings can be just as fabulous as conventional weddings, but without the waste and the expense.  Reduce [...]

#WeddingWednesday: DIY Invitations

By | 2017-04-27T13:23:14+00:00 August 28th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Welcome back to #WeddingWednesday, our semi weekly column where we bring you wedding tips, tricks, crafts, interviews and interesting Chicago wedding happenings. This week we're all about wedding invitations. Your wedding invitation can immediately set the tone for your wedding and give your guests a fun preview of what the event will be. It's a your [...]