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The Surprising World of Your Creative Mind

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:24+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Innovation, Meetings, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Catalyst Ranch is celebrating its 14th anniversary, and for all that time, we have understood the importance of environment.  We have colorful fuzzy pipe cleaners on the tables to bend into fun shapes.  Ethnic and contemporary art decorates every wall.  We have coffee brewing and elaborate snack services to satisfy smell and taste, and lively conversation [...]

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Making the Open Office Plan Work for You

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:31+00:00 July 30th, 2015|Categories: Create, Creative Spaces|Tags: , , , |

Do you work in an open plan office and constantly face the challenge of dodging interruptions when you really need to get SOMETHING. DONE. NOW? Here's a story from Bloomberg Business showcasing a new product on the market that may help solve your problem and skyrocket your productivity. Don't bother me: Fighting the tyranny of the [...]

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Inspiring Found-Object Art by Jane Perkins

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:32+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 [...]

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Finding Balance in a Chaotic World

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:32+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Please stand up and do some jumping jacks for guest blogger Kim Ready! Fitness Engaged is our newest meeting mix-in vendor and is a full service wellness company offering corporate wellness programs, seminars, and retreats along with 4 programs designed to give your meeting a healthy balance. We live in a world of demanding deadlines, calendars [...]

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Interview with Madelyn Rutter, Runner Up Winner of the 2015 Workspace Revolution Contest

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:32+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Inspire, Interviews|

Today we interview Maddy Rutter from TNS Global, our Runner Up Winner of the 2015 Workspace Revolution Contest. WHAT INSPIRED YOU? In October 2014 it was announced that our office would be moving to a new location within the same suite at the Merchandise Mart. In the months leading up to the ultimate move, February 2015, [...]

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Interview with 2015 Workspace Revolution Contest Winner Rick Sichelski

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:33+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Inspire, Interviews|

Today's blog features our Top Prize Winner of the 2015 Workspace Revolution Contest, Rick Sichelski of Southwest Community Services in Tinley Park, IL. Southwest Community Services is a non-profit, human services agency that provides services that empower individuals with diverse disabilities to maximize their development and independence. As part of the contest entry, we asked Rick to [...]

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Heartfelt Catering

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:33+00:00 May 5th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Catalyst Ranch, Consultants, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Meetings|

Welcome today’s guest blogger, founder of Heartfelt Catering, Chef Cecilia Hamilton!  Heartfelt Catering seemed like the perfect partner for Elbows on the Table on May 12.   We hope you can join us for a conversation about philanthropy and community and, of course, a delicious dinner!   We’re honored to partner with Catalyst Ranch for this year’s [...]

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A Workspace Revolution was Launched Last Week

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:33+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creative Spaces, Inspire|Tags: , , , |

Eva Niewiadomski, the founder and owner of Catalyst Ranch, has strong feelings about workers’ rights to an inspiring physical work environment. She finally acted upon her beliefs last week and launched a workspace revolution by hosting one of the fieldtrips for the FUSE Conference. The FUSE Conference is an annual gathering of 400 brand strategists and [...]

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Diversity and Inclusion: ‘Build Bridges, Not Walls’

By | 2018-04-26T16:54:34+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Categories: Art, Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Consultants, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome guest blogger and Catalyst Ranch Art-Work Program Facilitator, Troy Cicero! Diversity and Inclusion are indeed my passion, and what I have discovered is that as organizations attempt to embark on a diversity and inclusion journey, one of the biggest challenges faced is executive level commitment. Executives often view their role as approving the diversity and [...]

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How One Idea Can Turn Into Millions

By | 2018-04-26T16:55:15+00:00 November 15th, 2013|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Today’s blog entry is guest written by Kristin Neperud Merz of www.unscribbled.com where she has been designing, branding and doing all things creative since 2000. Kristin also serves Catalyst Ranch as a Creative Strategist and is our designer of all things digital. You can see some of her fabulous work in our website redesign which is now live! She is also the [...]

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