Tour the Ranch

We invite you to take a tour of the space in person, but in the meantime, you can get get a feel for our vibrant, stimulating rooms right here!

Four distinct spaces are available for rent, and each can be customized to individual client needs to fully engage meeting attendees and party guests alike.

Click on the room titles for more info

Our newest space at 648 W. Randolph:

The Samba

Samba Meeting and Events Venue in Chicago

*A 3D Tour of The Samba is yet-to-come!*

And our rooms at 656 W. Randolph:

The Mambo

The Foxtrot

The Jitterbug

4E Meeting and Events Venue in Chicago

Our newest Meeting and Event space at 648 W Randolph:

The Samba Space


The Samba space is so versatile: There’s room for traditional café seating for 10, and it can accommodate larger groups with the more relaxed comfy chair arrangement in the front area. With three distinct areas that still flow freely into each other, inspiring stimulation is all a day’s work, guaranteed.

Expect our trademark colors of green, orange and magenta, and a fresh restyling of our trademark eclectic décor.

Whether you’re a Catalyst Ranch newbie or a long-standing superfan, The Samba will breathe new life into your imagination!

In compliance with Chicago Phase 4:

Samba Meeting and Events Space Capacity Chart

Special Events

The rambling layout of The Samba is a luxury for any Special Event.

Guests can roam from the comfy seating in our front room, to the dining and kitchen area, to the café tables in the north end of this colorful flat!

The plethora of possibilities makes for an engaging, unexpected celebration…

Samba Meeting Floor Plan
Samba Event Floor Plan

For Wedding floor plans, see our Wedding page.

Meeting and Event Rooms at 656 W Randolph:

The Mambo Room


The Mambo Room is filled with plenty of positive vibes and will immediately lift your spirits.

With 1,100 square feet of meeting space, the room is decked out with beautiful cherry wood floors, plenty of sunlight and happy blue and green tones. Enjoy a cup of coffee or have a small group breakout session in the sunny couch grouping nestled by the windows or in one of the other three breakout groupings.

The room is typically used by groups of 12 – 20 people which allows for a central presentation area as well as breakout areas. *With social distancing, the Mambo can hold up to 15 people*

Enjoy our extra large LCD projector screen, and utilize the ample wall space to swap out art for flipchart pads or our customized plasticore sheets, which create even more vertical work space to suit your needs.

Focus Groups – This Room has Secret Mirrors

The room also has a special secret element – the large green boards with painted ethnic patterns hide two-way mirrors. If rented along with the Foxtrot Room for focus groups, the Mambo turns into the largest, most flexible respondent room in the city. Clients watch from the Foxtrot Room. Now we’re talking creative focus groups. For more info on focus group capabilities at the Ranch, please check out our dedicated page.

In compliance with Chicago Phase 4:

Mambo Meeting Room Capacities

Special Events

Enter the Mambo Room through the vintage double French doors and you’ll find yourself in an exotic land of Indian, Thai and Indonesian puppets, hand painted flowers and lush plants. The Mambo Room lends itself to beautiful and memorable wedding ceremonies, anniversary parties, book launches and engagement parties.


For Wedding floor plans, see our Wedding page.

The Foxtrot Room


The Foxtrot Room is cute and cozy and perfect for the most intimate meetings. At 300 sq. ft. the space traditionally accommodates up to 10 people in a circle of our comfy chairs *With social distancing in 2020, the Foxtrot can hold up to 6 guests.*

Though Foxtrot is our smallest room, it’s still equipped with all our meeting amenities, plus these features:

  • A 55” HDTV provides the screen for your presentation
  • An entire wall is dedicated to dry-erase boards.

It’s the perfect space for a small team who just need a quiet getaway from their own offices!

In compliance with Chicago Phase 4:

Foxtrot Meeting Room Capacities

Focus Groups

Peek behind the dry erase boards to find our two-way mirrors.

When rented along with the Mambo Room for focus groups, the dry erase boards come off and the Foxtrot Room transforms into the coolest client viewing room in town. For more info on focus group capabilities at the Ranch, please check out our dedicated page.


For Wedding floor plans, see our Wedding page.

The Jitterbug Room


With citrus-colored walls and plenty of natural light, The Jitterbug Room is a cheerful meeting space that sparks positivity and imaginative thought.

This room is a unique L-shape designed to include five comfy breakout areas across 1,400 sq. ft. for the typical group size of 15 – 25 people. *With social distancing, the Jitterbug allows for 20 max occupants.*

There is an abundance of wall space for flipchart paper to be posted around the room (artwork comes off as necessary), and a nail strip on the brick wall holds custom-designed plasticore sheets and flipcharts to create additional workspace. Hold a breakout session under the colorful patio umbrella or on the chaise lounge. Your attendees will enjoy the playful features of this room including an array of hanging sculptures made from old umbrella frames.

In compliance with Chicago Phase 4:

Jitterbug Room Capacities

Special Events

The Jitterbug Room gets you moving the second you cross its threshold. The lively green and orange color scheme screams happy feet and sets your toes to tapping. Hopefully there’s a band gearing up to start their set. In the meantime, sidle up to the vintage Tiki Bar and enjoy a cocktail and a conversation with a long lost relative. Many a big birthday party has been celebrated in this room from Sweet Sixteen to the big 5-0. We’ve even had one 90th birthday celebration already and hopefully we’ll host a few more!


For Wedding floor plans, see our Wedding page.