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|

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|

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|

The Great Reset

The past two years have been a time of great change, shifting challenges, adjustments, learning, and isolation. The Catalyst Ranch leadership team recently worked with executive coach and facilitator Jackie Sloane to reexamine our roles and how we relate to each other, as we look to the future and prepare to welcome more of you [...]

By |2022-03-17T11:18:58-05:00March 17th, 2022|Categories: Employees, Facilitator, Meetings, Teambuilding, Workshop|

Part of Our Art

Catalyst Ranch is famous for its menagerie of vintage furniture, décor, and toys as well as its oft less recognized body of artworks. This inspirational collection wasn’t crafted over-night. The gallery has been curated by Catalyst Ranch’s owner, Eva Niewiadomski, during each of our 19 years in business. So, to celebrate our 19th anniversary we wanted [...]

By |2021-11-03T14:55:24-05:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: Art, Employees|

Familiar Faces Return to Catalyst Ranch

Familiar Faces Return to Catalyst Ranch!   With our rooms seeing more and more businesses coming back for meetings, we're proud to be busy enough to bring on additional staff. And naturally, we're elated to welcome our wonderful former team members back to the fold! Allow us to reintroduce two of our returning staff: Let’s give a [...]

By |2021-08-27T12:50:43-05:00July 1st, 2021|Categories: Employees|

On the current protests

To our clients and guests: While we have looked forward to this day marking Chicago's Cautious Reopening for businesses, our hearts have been heavy mourning the continued unjust deaths of black humans, as well as violence surrounding protests all around the nation. We acknowledge the pain our clients, colleagues and coworkers are feeling. We hear you, and [...]

By |2020-06-03T15:11:45-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Employees|

Ranch Hand Hello: Special Events Manager Erika!

Give a Ranch Hand Hello to Our Special Events Manager Erika! With our jubilant, colorful atmosphere, Catalyst Ranch is the perfect venue for more than creative meetings: we host the most memorable special events, too. And because hosting those special events—Weddings, Fundraisers, Mitzvahs and more—has its own herd of boxes to check, we have someone on [...]

By |2021-08-27T13:36:26-05:00October 11th, 2019|Categories: Employees, Interviews, Special Events, Weddings|Tags: , |

Ranch Hand Hello: Howdy, Lyndon!

If you’re reading this, you already know Catalyst Ranch is the place to go for groups who want to connect with each other. Teams come in for meetings, and our environment and abundant amenities make getting to know each other a snap! And with testimonials proclaiming how wonderful our own team is, we know you’d be [...]

By |2019-06-19T15:31:51-05:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: Employees, Interviews|Tags: |

Fundraisers and More: Putting Parties Together!

You probably know what our main line of business is hosting corporate and nonprofit meetings. What you may not already know is that we host a variety of celebrations and special events, too. And when it comes to fundraisers, our #vibrantvenue is the perfect environment for impressing donors and engaging supporters. Get to know our Social [...]

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