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

Catalyst Ranch’s Latest Overcomer: Achieving Success Despite Circumstances

By | 2017-07-06T16:58:41+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Employees, Inspire, July, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Catalyst Ranch's Latest Overcomer: Achieving Success Despite Circumstances by Drea Holland The road to obtaining my Masters degree was a long and often trying one. I often felt like quitting was a better option than sticking it out. There were so many times that I wanted to quit and give up, but I managed to push [...]

Meet Our Preferred Vendor, Moto Guild

By | 2017-05-08T21:09:14+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Categories: Employees, May, Meet, Problem Solving, Teambuilding|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Build a Motorcycle to Build Your Team! Bike Build Chicago, from Preferred Vendor Moto Guild, is the perfect out-of-the-box experiential learning, team-building activity to motivate, empower, and create camaraderie among your employees.  The event is set up to explore better ways to work together through an out-of-your-comfort-zone task that is both challenging and rewarding once the [...]

Winning Formula to Ace a Meeting or Event

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:26+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: Creative Spaces, Creativity, Design, Employees, Events, Inspire, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is not another article about meetings and events! Well, yes, I guess it is but it’s not just another article about meetings and events. So read on. This article is about the winning formula to ace a meeting or event. But for whom? There are countless how to, top this and top that articles that [...]

The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

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

14th Anniversary Party: A Most Interesting Affair

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:29+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Categories: Anniversary Party, Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Events, Meetings, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Now that we have had a moment to breathe and are back to the business of business, we can look back and bask in the afterglow of our Anniversary Party.  It was one to remember! On November 14th, 2016, a beautiful Monday night, Catalyst Ranch had the great fortune of celebrating 14 years in style; with [...]

Meeting Planner Spotlight – Juan Phillips

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:30+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Categories: Interviews, Meeting Planner Spotlight, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

As a meeting and events facility, we at Catalyst Ranch have the pleasure of working with Meeting Planners every day.  It occurred to us that these hard-working behind-the-scenes go-getters receive as much recognition as a gaffer on the set of Law & Order.  So we are setting out to change that! This is the first in [...]

Meeting Tip of the Week for 9/9/16

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:32+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Meeting Tip, Meetings, Motivation, Problem Solving, Tip, Tip of the Week|Tags: , , , , |

Last Minute?  No Problem Meeting Tip of the Week for September 9th, 2016 In my experience, there are two types of people in this world; people who plan ahead and people who wait.  I would consider myself a waiter.  If I don't do things right away, they go on a mental shelf and then sit there [...]

September Coloring Book Calendar 2016

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:32+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Categories: Art, Calendar, Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creativity, Design, September, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hover over the coloring book calendar page then click the magnifying glass to print your September 2016 calendar. Color it in and post it to our Facebook page for a chance to win a nifty prize!

Ranch Hand Spotlight: Kristin Dabrowski, Special Events & Sports Superstar

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:51+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s most creative meeting venue, is staffed by a incredible team of quirky characters known as Ranch Hands.  Creative individuals are drawn to Catalyst Ranch’s colorful workspace, diverse clientele, and co-workers of similar sensibility. Ranch Hand Spotlight is an occasional blog series that invites you to take a sneak peek behind the scenes at the [...]