2017 liftUPlift Ally Awards

By | April 29th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

liftUPlift’s 2nd annual Ally Awards fundraiser gala connects and honors Chicago’s greatest champions of Women and Girl Power, while all proceeds support our nonprofit mission to end violence against women worldwide.

Cecilia From Heartfelt Catering on Minority Status Certification

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: April, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Our preferred weekend catering partner, Heartfelt Catering, recently received minority certification from the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council. Owner, Chef Cecelia Hamilton, tells us what inspired her to seek the certification, and how easy it can be! What inspired you to do it? Becoming a minority and/or female certified business has always been on my [...]

Winning Formula to Ace a Meeting or Event

By | 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 [...]

3 Big, Easy Tips for a Green Meeting

By | 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" [...]

14th Anniversary Party: A Most Interesting Affair

By | 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 [...]

What We’ve Known For 14 Years. . .

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creativity, Design, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip of the Week, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

I stumbled across this article written for LinkedIn by Rene de Ruijter, and thought it was terrifically written and would be of great interest to our Ranch audience.  I figured I would "dissect" it below.  The link to the full article is at the bottom. "The right working environment can stimulate creativity and innovation. Colours, lighting, [...]

Meeting Tip for 9/14/16 – Holiday Parties Part II!

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Holidays, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip, Tip of the Week, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Last Minute?  No Problem Part II! Meeting Tip of the Week for September 14th, 2016   As we talked about last week, in my experience, there are two types of people in this world; people who plan ahead and people who wait.  I mentioned how I would consider myself a waiter. Well let me take this [...]

“Fall” in Love: Autumn Wedding Inspiration

By | September 10th, 2014|Categories: #WeddingWednesday, Create, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome back to #WeddingWednesday, our semi-weekly column where we bring you wedding tips, tricks, crafts, interviews, inspirations, and interesting Chicago wedding happenings from Chicago’s creative wedding venue, Catalyst Ranch.  Halloween candy, apple cider, and pumpkin-flavored everything are already appearing in stores, signaling the beginning of fall. For those of you (like me!) who are still holding on [...]

Elements of an Inspiring Workspace

By | August 29th, 2014|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Inspire, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At Catalyst Ranch, a boutique meeting center in Chicago’s West Loop, we firmly believe the physical environment has a meaningful impact on the people within it.  We strive to make the Ranch warm and welcoming, so meeting attendees feel relaxed and comfortable to communicate freely.  All of the eclectic decorative elements trigger the imagination to jumpstart [...]

#WW: Groom Style Inspiration

By | August 6th, 2014|Categories: #WeddingWednesday, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome back to #WeddingWednesday, our semi-weekly column where we bring you wedding tips, tricks, crafts, interviews, and interesting Chicago wedding happenings from Chicago’s creative wedding venue, Catalyst Ranch. The interwebs, magazines, and fashionistas everywhere have a ton of advice on women’s wedding fashion.  There are infinite possibilities for the bride’s dress alone.  A-line?  Mermaid?  Ball Gown? [...]