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Halloween Isn’t Spooky with Ignite Chicago. . .

By | 2017-09-28T20:01:01+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It's Speaktacular! Ignite Chicago October 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. [...]

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End of Summer Means Ignite Chicago is Back!

By | 2017-09-01T15:24:50+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stand Up and Be Heard! 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 [...]

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Ignite Theatre Presents Turn That thing Around

By | 2017-05-22T15:00:49+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Turn That thing Around: A Manic Narrators Longest Ride Turn That thing Around: A Manic Narrators Longest Ride follows a bisexual college freshman named Jack as he is experiencing a manic episode over the course of a three-day trip. Jack and the projections of his mind write this play before your eyes. This play raises awareness [...]

Rebellious Magazine’s Annual Red & Wild Feminist Prom Fundraiser

By | 2017-05-05T16:26:51+00:00 May 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Did you skip your high school prom? Did you go & hate it? Create some new prom memories at the most #Rebellious party in town! We’ll have all of the best parts of prom — music, dancing, party pics — but with booze! And fabulous raffle prizes. Dress up, dress down, wear what you want. Come [...]

Cecilia From Heartfelt Catering on Minority Status Certification

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:26+00:00 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 | 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 [...]

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" [...]

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 [...]

What We’ve Known For 14 Years. . .

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:30+00:00 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, [...]