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Ranch Recommendations: How We EAT Chicago

Earlier this year, we presented a set of insider recommendations for things to DO in Chicago. This shortlist of choice activities was curated by your very own Ranch staff as a token of our trademark Champagne Customer Service. Whether you come from near or far, we want you to feel feeling at home — [...]

By |2023-09-08T17:19:14-05:00September 1st, 2023|Categories: Chicago, Employees, Tip|

Retreat to Forge Ahead with Jackie Sloane

Try as you might to hold onto the summer, here comes autumn! And it's looking you straight in the eye, barreling at you with no sign of slowing. And from this angle, you can see the whole '23/'24 fiscal year trailing close behind, laid out before you clear as day. That is, you can if [...]

By |2023-08-24T20:44:17-05:00August 23rd, 2023|Categories: Consultants, Interviews, Meeting Tip|

Meet Koda – Drag Variety Show June 17

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, and at Catalyst Ranch we celebrate all our staff, colleagues, neighbors and clients who identify with any of the vibrant communities represented (including, but not limited to Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual individuals). On Saturday, June 17, our creative space will be graced with the [...]

By |2023-06-16T10:52:33-05:00June 15th, 2023|Categories: Art, Creativity, Employees, Meet, Variety Show|

A Destination for Creativity and Community

World Creativity and Innovation Day is this Friday, April 21. It’s a day that is close to our heart, as our venue exists to inspire exactly that. All this week, we’re posting thought-provoking quotes on our social media that relate to creativity. How do you foster the creativity of yourself and those around you? [...]

By |2023-04-21T12:59:49-05:00April 20th, 2023|Categories: Art, Creativity|

What Research Tells Us About Learning and Transformation

Three things we know to be true: (THREE THINGS!) Change is hard. Change is necessary. Change is the goal. Let us explain that last one. In previous posts, we’ve explored the science of innovation and creative thinking, because frankly, it’s riveting. There has been a lot of research done focusing on the neuroscience [...]

By |2023-04-11T18:50:58-05:00April 11th, 2023|Categories: Creativity, Meetings, Uniquely Catalyst Ranch|

Three Things to Energize Your Creativity

At Catalyst Ranch, our Ranch Hands are available to lead your team in a short "Energizer." This low-stakes, high-delight activity is a reliable way to get folks' heads in the game, and at any point in the day. Our collection of Energizers involve varying levels of introspection, competition and physicality, so there's always something that [...]

By |2023-09-07T12:37:54-05:00March 29th, 2023|Categories: Hybrid/Virtual, Meeting Tip, Meetings|

Chicago Women Who Tell Our Stories

We love witnessing new ideas and new stories. It’s here at Catalyst Ranch, in the midst of objects and décor rich in history, that your imagination is stoked and something new is created. We’ve treasured the communities that have come here to make new ideas, stories and art. In honor of this year’s Women’s [...]

By |2023-03-21T17:35:21-05:00March 17th, 2023|Categories: Art, Chicago, Events, Meet|

5 Ways to Enhance Any Gathering with Food

Any meeting is more enticing if you know someone’s bringing donuts. Fact. And that’s only the bare minimum application of the fact we all know: Food makes a gathering better. Food (and drink, if we're lucky!) accomplishes a lot: Food adds value for folks to physically arrive; Food gives you energy to keep up [...]

By |2023-02-24T13:00:10-06:00February 23rd, 2023|Categories: Meeting Tip, Meetings, Special Events, Tip, Weddings|

Ranch Recommendations: How We DO Chicago

One of the best parts of being in the hospitality industry is personalizing that hospitality. It’s a great feeling to make folks feel welcomed and entertained; it's fulfilling on a whole other level to do it in a way that’s uniquely ours. You can’t get the Catalyst Ranch experience anywhere else. More than [...]

By |2023-09-01T14:36:39-05:00January 26th, 2023|Categories: Chicago, Employees, Tip|

Food for Thought: Color of the Year

It’s no surprise we at Catalyst Ranch relish the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year. Vibrant color is, after all, a foundational design element for our spaces. This year, however, the Color of the Year hits a little different. Pantone has declared 2023 the year of ‘Viva Magenta,’ and since magenta is [...]

By |2023-01-09T09:56:26-06:00January 9th, 2023|Categories: Creative, Meeting Tip|
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