Catalyst Ranch

656 West Randolph Suite 3W & 4E Chicago, IL
Max Capacity: 125 people
Catalyst Ranch Meetings: In 2002 Catalyst Ranch was the first venue in Chicago to realize that the results of any offsite meeting can be enhanced if attendees are placed in the right environment. We refused to believe that only Creatives should be allowed to work in non-businesslike, fun, eclectic spaces. We broke some rules, no doubt about that! Everyone can be more productive if the conditions are optimized and the meeting is Well- Balanced so we created a pioneering and innovative boutique conference center in Chicago’s burgeoning West Loop. Catalyst Ranch Events: With a creative environment to set the stage, your event can be a celebration that leaves a lasting impression. The colorful and creative ambiance of Catalyst Ranch will infuse your event with life and a jovial spirit. Guests will relax, kick up their heels, carouse and have a ball in our unique venue. Our historic loft venue is located in the blossoming West Loop area, steps away from hotels, dining and entertainment.
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Event Spaces
The Cha Cha
The Foxtrot
The Jitterbug
The Mambo
The Polka
The Tango

Whimsically Professional, An Eventective User from Washington, DC

I work in HIV research and there are some pretty interesting people that are involved in this field. Most of our meetings are in corporate-like settings that are formal and uptight. However, a recent meeting that my company had was at the Catalyst Ranch in Chicago. There are several different spaces, but all of them have a creative character that sparks thought and fun. We had our meeting in the Polka room which is decorated in colorful fabrics and accessories throughout the room. Despite the eclectic embellishments, the room is open and professional. There were flip charts that were provided to us by the venue. There are tables that are spread out and perfect for break-out sessions that are so popular in our meetings. The whimsical atmosphere fostered an open environment with lots of debate and discussion. There was also catering provided by the venue. The food was delicious and the food was delicious. I was a bit concerned about what the food might be like considering the funky atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised, however, by the fresh food that leveled out the eccentric space. The staff were extremely pleasant and accommodating to our needs. Because the overall venue is rather small, it felt like a close, tight-knit meeting rather than the typical corporate feel that dismisses creativity and debate. Catalyst Ranch is also located in Haymarket Square, which was an accessible Chicago location. I was not involved in the planning and booking of the venue, but I would imagine that the cost was very low compared to our usual venues. I thought it was an excellent place to hold a meeting and I would highly recommend it to companies that are searching for an open and different venue.

Recommend Catalyst Ranch, An Eventective User from Saint Charles, Illinois

I had a work meeting at this location in February 2011. It offers a very unique environment for a meeting with different decor for each room and provide a nice change of backdrop from the normal office meeting space. For our group we had about 30-40 people in the meeting and we fit very comfortably in one of their rooms and there was probably space for more. The food was good and staff was friendly. With it being over a year ago, I can not be 100% sure, but I also believe that they had onsite free parking which is always a plus when meeting downtown. Good place for team building. I was not an organizer for this event, so I cannot rate the value as I do not know how much it actually cost, but I can say that the feedback was good from everyone.

Never had a meeting in a place like this, An Eventective User from Chicago, Illinois

Coming from someone who absolutely despises meetings, this place is off the charts. We all know meetings tend to be useless, and boring, and repetitive in nature. Even if the meeting is intended to be fresh full of new ideas, its sometimes hard to get into it when everyone just sits around in a boring conference room. Well, let me tell you, the minute you walk into this place, your mind is blown. Its very bright and colorful, in a good refreshing way. First time I walked in there, I immediately woke up, and something about the place just gets your brain moving. The staff is amazing, and depending on the type of meeting you want to have, liquor is available. Yum. They have five different large rooms, and one smaller conference room. I have only been in 2 of the larger rooms. All the rooms are named after dances. Yeah, it's cheesy, I know, but it's still fun. All the rooms have large windows to allow for plenty of natural light, which is a must of mine to stay energized. This off sight venue just puts an immediate smile on everyone's face. The food is also excellent, with a big menu. So if you need to get out of that drab gray cubicle or synthetic lighting, take a breath of fresh air and get out from underneath those fluorescent bulbs and whether you want to polka, cha cha, or do the tango (names of rooms), give this place a chance. You absolutely will not regret it. If you enjoy it that much, they'll even help you spruce up your regular workplace.

Visit the catalyst ranch, An Eventective User from corpus christi tx

The Catalyst Ranch was a great meeting venue and a very unique place to visit especially if you are from out of town. It is located in a loft of an 1880's historical building in downtown Chicago. I was there for an out of town meeting and was amazed at how open the meeting rooms were. The temperature outside was freezing, however it was not noticed inside. The staff was extremely friendly. One of the neatest things about this venue was how it practices being "green". The dishes were ceramic and their disposable items like storage containers are bio-degradable. Catering was done by a company called Big Delicious Planet. The food was organic and there were vegetarian options. The benefits of having organic is the fact of being able to taste the delicious food served without worrying about harmful additives. Meals were served fresh. Our meeting was held in the Tango room which was beautifully decorated. Its red brick appeal was beautiful. The room was decorated cafe style which gave the meeting a quaint home like feeling. There was a point in the meeting where the lead meeting holder needed a chart board. The staff was available with the materials on hand. It was convenient and the meeting did not have to stop. As a member of a corporate business I would recommend this venue to anyone who wants to hold a meeting in downtown Chicago. I would highly recommend the staff and encourage venue seekers to take a tour of what the Catalyst Ranch has to offer.

good vendor spots, An Eventective User from chicago il

Catalyst Ranch is a very good place to hold your event vendor, be it a wedding, party, or a meeting. The Catalyst Ranch is located in chicago il, and the last experienc that i had with them was when my mom had her company party up there. Once we arrived we were very impressed with the overall style of the Catalyst Ranch. They have a ranch style set up with beautiful marble floors of all colors, and the furnature was just as bright and colorful as well. They had huge spacious rooms for conferences with big giant screens set up for presentations and movies. My moms company purchased the buffet/barbecue package, and the variaty of food that they had was amazing. They had a whole table with only health food items avialable for those who didnt eat meat, and they also had seperate tables broken down into categories, such as chinese food, american barbecue, italian, and Indian food. The Catalyst Ranch also included a dj and the assisted in serviing the food as well. The catalyst ranch customer service was wonderful and they made absolutly sure that everyone was comfortable and enjoyed themselves. The staff was very nice and so much so that my mom and i inquierd about their pricing and suprizingly it was very reasonable. I highly recommend the Catalyt Ranch for your party, wedding, or meeting needs.

  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • High Speed Internet
  • Historic Landmark/Registry
  • Non-Smoking
  • Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Credit Cards Accepted: All major credit cards
  • Max Number of People for an Event: 150
  • Nearest Airport: 16-25 miles
  • Nearest Overnight Accommodations: Less than 1 mile
  • Nearest Public Transportation: Less than 1 mile
  • Number of Event/Function Spaces: 6
  • Parking: Parking Garage Off-site
  • Special Features: 180 North Jefferson $10 parking vouchers for 12 hours
  • Total Meeting Room Space (Square Feet): 15,000
  • Year Built: 2002
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 600
$49.90-$129.90 per person
Entertainment Cruises offers more than an event on the water; we create unforgettable memories on Lake Michigan. Our fleet can accommodate any type of casual or formal event, from corporate and social outings to weddings and anniversaries, birthdays and much more. Show guests a new side of Chicago with an event that’s sure to impress.
Aurora, IL  
Capacity: 340
Experience the heart of Downtown Aurora at your next event. With seven unique spaces available, Paramount Events can accommodate any occasion, big or small. Weddings, baby and bridal showers, corporate parties, family reunions, meetings, expositions – no matter the event, we’ve got the space for you. With the beautiful Fox River and stunning cityscape as your backdrop, your event is sure to impress. And the fun doesn’t have to stop there. You and your guests can enjoy everything Downtown Aurora has to offer including a casino next door, hotel nearby and restaurants in walking distance – with convenient access to the Metra and I-88. Whether it’s your wedding on the stunning, historic Paramount Theatre stage or cocktail hour in The Atrium before attending a show in the intimate Copley Theatre, leave it to the experts. We produce shows for a living. Let’s make your event our next production.
Woodridge, IL  
Capacity: 1200
From Intimate to Exclusive, our first-rate banquet & meeting facilities, award winning cuisine and unparalleled service will transform your event to extraordinary! We have 35,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities. We offer an exceptional learning environment coupled with comfort and superior services, for events of 25 to 1200 guests. The dramatic 24-foot-height ceilings of the rooms with amber lighting are designed to be acoustically superior and feature soundproof walls, with on-site audiovisual amenities. Whether you are looking to plan a wedding reception, corporate function or birthday party, our expert Event Specialists will work closely with you to ensure that your day is an event to remember.
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 450
Our event space is truly bringing you a little piece of Ireland right to the heart of Chicago. Our pub was constructed in Ireland and features multiple rooms and levels to accommodate your next private or semi-private event. We’ve become a neighborhood favorite for hosting corporate events, wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday celebrations, reunions, happy hours, office holiday parties and much more. We are proud to work with Chicago’s topmost companies year round. Our full service private event planners make planning customized events easy to maximize every event. We offer a wide variety of high quality food and drink options from light appetizers to full dinners. We’ll customize a menu based on your needs and can adjust for most tastes and budgets. Instagram: fado_chicago Virtual Tour:
Lincolnshire, IL  
Capacity: 300
$350-$8,400 per event
You'll find the perfect space for any event at NOAH'S. Our versatile, contemporary design and unique ceiling grid technology offers unprecedented freedom for setting the perfect scene. Whether your style is romantic or modern, organic or dramatic, NOAH'S makes setting the ideal ambiance a breeze. Because we want every element to express your individuality, we are an open-vendor venue and allow you to bring in talent that fits your wedding vision. You call the shots when it comes to the layout, food, décor and other elements of your special day. And our staff will be there every step of the way to make sure your day runs perfectly.
Naperville, IL  
Capacity: 300
$350-$8,400 per event
You'll find the perfect space for any event at NOAH'S. Each room is tastefully designed as a contemporary and inviting backdrop, putting your event in the spotlight. Our open-vendor policy allows you to bring in any catering options that fit your event's needs. To see our spaces and envision the possibilities call to schedule a tour today!
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 120
$2,000-$3,000 per event
OFFSITE Chicago offers companies a turnkey multi purpose facility designed and wired to inspire creativity, innovation and productivity in a way never before possible. Having contributed to the culture of innovation for numerous Fortune 100 companies in New York City, OFFSITE is eager to provide an invaluable service to like-minded businesses in Chicago – one meeting at a time. The venue boasts chic modern décor, a state-of-the-art A/V system, and an extensive list of amenities to provide the ideal backdrop for your next board meeting, brainstorming session, focus group, product launch or social event.
Elgin, IL  
Capacity: 75
$30 per person
$3,000-$30,000 per event
Ola la brings an exciting experience to downtown Elgin. Designed and owned by an architect, Ola la is an upscale event venue for intimate weddings, parties, and other celebratory events. With 2,000 square feet of an interchangeable open concept and arched windows spanning from floor to ceiling, this chic destination’s aesthetics allow for a naturally lit space that effortlessly showcases your GRAND occasions beautifully. Amenities include: A centerpiece crystal chandelier & caged pendant lighting, casual lounge seating, 14 foot long custom rustic wooden dining table, 64 white fanback folding chairs, eight 8 feet long rectangular tables, portable projector, living room décor/props, and FREE WiFi. Venue capacity is up to 60 for seated parties & 75 for cocktail style. Complimentary covered parking garage is located around the corner on Fulton street, along with ample amount of free street parking. We allow outside catering with proper food handling certificate and/or insurance. BYOB also allowed. Ask us about our all inclusive wedding & events package deals! Ola la! is located in the historic district of downtown Elgin with easy access to I-90, walking distance from the Grand Victoria ‘Riverboat’ Casino, Elgin Riverfront Promenade, Festival Park, Metra, and just 30 minutes away from O’Hare airport. Celebrate your GRAND moments at Ola la!. Schedule a tour TODAY: 312.254.9807 Address: 51 S. Spring Street Loft 125A . Downtown Elgin 60120
Ingleside, IL  
Capacity: 300
$44.95-$105.95 per person
We are located right on the north shore of Long Lake in Ingleside with the most beautiful view of the setting sun over the Chain of Lakes. We have cathedral ceilings surrounded by sliding glass doors. Our dance floor is 28 x 32, larger than you will find anywhere. We take pride in not having all those extra charges that you might find in other facilities: We do not charge extra for colored linens, no extra charge for cake cutting, no extra charge for bartenders, no extra charge for our facility, no extra charge for centerpieces and no extra charge for premium liquor and beers in our bar packages. Our competition charges for these items, and they can add an additional $7-$15/person to cost of your event. We can host your wedding ceremony right at our location under our large white canopy. We have the wedding arch, white folding chairs and we can do the music, all the setup, take down, and rehearsal, all this for a minimal to no charge, depending on your package choice. We can help you find someone to do your ceremony, a DJ or photographer, limo, hotel accommodations or florist to make your day worry free, (for links to these check our website and your worries will be over). To lock up your date, we ask for a $750 deposit. We don’t meet to do menu and details until 1 month before your date and we don’t require final count until 1 week before. Please don’t hesitate to call me so we can set up a meeting to discuss just how we can assist you and customize a package that will meet your needs. Thanks…..we look forward to hearing from you, Jerry
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 1100
Alhambra Palace is a one of a kind, dynamic venue that transports all who enter into another world. Sweeping archways, marble accents, mosaic tile, crystal chandeliers and hand carved sculptures frame the multi-level, 24,000 square foot Moorish- like castle. Artifacts from Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco can be seen throughout. Upon entering, guests are welcomed by a bar and lounge with intimate alcove seating. To the east is the restaurant which seats 100 people. The Babylon room is part modern, part historic with its curvaceous metal back chairs and stone carved wall hangings depicting scenes from the 13th century. The Alhambra Room, which seats 500 people, is awe –inspiring, soaring three stories high. A full stage with a state of the art sound and lighting system allows Alhambra to host and offer live entertainment. Seating on the expansive ground level and the two tiered circular balconies provide ample room for meeting and small group gathering as well as large scale conferences. Ample space allows for a dance floor, and tables can be added or removed to accommodate a sit down occasion or standing reception. Guided by a waterfall, stairs lead through the Alhambra Hall to the Marrakech Room, a posh and romantic space for more than 200 people. The high ceiling ballroom can be divided with a luxurious floor to ceiling ruby velvet curtains. Oriental rugs framed with leather cushioned settees Oriental rugs and elaborate wood carved Moroccan chairs offer a spot to relax and enjoy. Two private VIP rooms, which accommodate up to 50 people, are also located on the upper level. These elaborately decorated rooms exemplify opulence, making any guest feel like royalty. A world of intrigue and beauty await you for the most memorable experience.
Wheaton, IL  
Capacity: 500
$150-$700 per event
Thank you for your interest in renting a space at Cosley Zoo for your event. The following guidelines include the various spaces, fees, amenities, and additional information for rentals at the zoo. Guests receive FREE zoo admission with any Cosley Zoo event rental.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists welcomes you to explore the new state-of-the-art conference center at the Society’s Schaumburg headquarters. Located on 6.6 acres, the ASA headquarters serves as the perfect destination for both professional meetings and social events. Combining over 6,000 square feet of dedicated conference center meeting space, a 150-seat tiered auditorium, state of the art in-room audiovisual, video conferencing, dedicated event planning support, an outdoor terrace with views of the lake, and the Wood Library and Museum, the ASA headquarters provides an ideal setting for association, non-profit and corporate events. Full service catering is available and our experienced Event Planning staff are available to assist with all your event details, from meeting logistics, to catering, hotel, and transportation needs. The ASA Conference Center is your ideal local meeting partner! ASA is committed to supporting capacity building of fellow non profit organizations. Non profits receive a 50% discount on all room meeting room reservations at the ASA Conference Center in Schaumburg.
Evanston, IL  
Capacity: 350
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Naperville, IL  
Capacity: 125
$175-$275 per event
DePaul University Naperville Campus is conveniently located on I-88 in the heart of Chicago's western suburbs. The Naperville Campus offers high quality, cost effective, streamlined meeting and event services and our expertise spans all types of events. The campus facilities offer a professional educational setting, ideal for professional events such as training, seminars, meetings, and corporate and non-profit events. Meeting and Event Services can assist you with planning a small meeting for 10 to a large conference for over 100. Thirty classrooms, including a Board Room with seating for 14, an Auditorium with seating for 125, and a state of the art computer lab makes our campus accessible for a variety of meetings and events. The campus also features complimentary wifi access throughout and we can accommodate last minute reservations. The DePaul University Naperville Campus staff are positioned to partner with you to make your next professional event a success.
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 120
$175-$250 per event
DePaul University O'Hare Campus is located in the heart of a major meeting, convention, and hospitality destination, as well as, at the center of an international transportation hub. The O’Hare Campus offers high quality, cost effective, streamlined meeting and event services for the DePaul community and outside business groups. Our expertise spans professional training events, meetings, programs, testing, academic symposiums, and departmental receptions. Meeting and Event Services can assist you with planning a small meeting for 10 to a large conference for over 100. Twenty one classrooms, including a Board Room with seating for 20, a large meeting room with capacity of 120, and a state of the art computer lab make the campus an ideal setting for a variety of meetings and events. The campus also features complimentary wifi access throughout and we can accommodate last minute reservations. The DePaul University O'Hare Campus staff are positioned to partner with you to help make your professional event a success.
Aurora, IL  
Capacity: 300
Looking for a distinct affordable, venue to take your event to the next level? This is a great 2000 sq ft, open air studio, venue space that is perfect for corporate events functions, Birthday parties, wedding receptions, or any party venue need you might have. Also great for a dance studio, art shows, showers, charities events, even cooperate cocktail parties or meetings. Space can accommodate up to 300 occupants with favorable open parking. This space is rent-able by the hour starting at $99 per hour, or Per night starts at $400.00. The cleaning fee depends on the number of people attending. You can provide your own food/beverages, or we can provide these services for you, a flexible venue space with flexible, affordable accommodations.