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
Recommendations

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.

Location
Amenities
  • Air Conditioned
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • High Speed Internet
  • Historic Landmark/Registry
  • Non-Smoking
  • Wireless Internet/Wi-Fi
Features
  • 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
Glendale Heights, IL  
Capacity: 950
$5.75-$55 per person
The Ramada Hotel and Conference Center is located at 780 North Ave. Glendale Heights, IL and conveniently located ½ off Interstate 355. We are located 25 miles from Downtown Chicago, 12 Miles from O’Hare Int’l Airport, 10 Miles from Oakbrook, 7 miles from Schaumburg. The Hotel and Conference center were both built in 1999 and renovated in 2016. Ramada Hotel & Conference center has over 7000 Sq ft of meeting and Banquet space. We specialize in assortment Weddings, Quinceaneras, corporate conferences, and business meetings. In addition to standard king and double queen bedded rooms, we have executive suites with a bedroom/sitting room effect, including refrigerators and microwaves. A variety of suites include Jacuzzi tubs. Our two room apartments, with walk in closet, are fully furnished and are equipped with a full kitchen for extended stay. Included in all room rates is an expanded complimentary breakfast with hot items served throughout week. Other amenities include indoors-heated pool, fitness center, newly renovated lounge/bar in our main lobby, business center, high-speed wireless Internet service for all guests, and complimentary parking which can accommodate multiple tour buses. Here at the Ramada Hotel & Conference center we pride ourselves in customer service to achieve and go beyond guest satisfaction. From the Front desk agent to Housekeeping and breakfast staff are all trained to help guests enjoy their stay weather its for vacation or business. From check in to check out every moment at the Ramada is enjoyable!
Saint Charles, IL  
Capacity: 900
The Arcada Theatre is a historic theater located in the charming downtown of St. Charles, Illinois. This venue offers a unique experience for any event. The theatre’s historic architecture ambience has an intimate setting that will set your event apart from your basic banquet hall. We are known as the #1 music venue in the midwest with legendary stars that have graced the stage. Also offering Club Arcada, one of the most exclusive entertainment experiences in the Midwest, re-living the glory days of The Roaring Twenties in Chicago! It is located on the third floor of the historic Arcada Theatre, an iconic music hall celebrating its 90th anniversary. Please contact us for more information!
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.
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.
Ingleside, IL  
Capacity: 300
$34.95-$114.95 per person
With more than 20 years experience, hosting weddings is our specialty at Parkway Banquets! We are pleased to offer our amazing venue for your wedding or special event. Located on the shores of beautiful Long Lake in Ingleside, IL, our beautiful, natural setting gives you and your guests a spectacular view! One entire wall of our beautiful facility is located right on the lakefront of Long Lake, which is part of the Chain of Lakes in Lake County, IL. We’re on the border of McHenry County. We are also right next to the forest preserve, so our location is surrounded by nature, not tall buildings and loud, noisy traffic. We are proud to offer: * Lovely outdoor tented ceremony site - rain or shine! * Large, cozy, and inviting reception area with cathedral ceilings, overlooking Long Lake and right next to the forest preserve. * We can host your wedding ceremony right on site under our outdoor tented area (rain or shine!) We will custom decorate our arch and isle to match your wedding colors at no extra charge. * Wide menu with a vast array of mouth-watering selections to choose from including our fabulous hors d’oeuvres, sweet table, ice cream bar, & much-requested late night snack! * All wedding packages include either a sit-down dinner or a large buffet FOR THE SAME PRICE. * Big dance floor with special up-lighting all around the room! * Expert advice on the hottest DJs, the coolest photographers, crazy creative florists, & the most outstanding cake bakeries & artisans in the area!
Geneva, IL  
Capacity: 300
We are pleased to offer you the finest in amenities, service and cuisine. Eagle Brook Country Club offers you the unique opportunity to host your reception in our newly renovated Ballroom, overlooking a championship golf course in a private exclusive setting. The dramatic windows accented in neutral décor provide the ideal setting for the perfect day from Ceremony to Desert.
Glen Ellyn, IL  
Capacity: 160
Reserve 22 provides you with a beautiful and unique setting to host events for friends, family and colleagues. The stunning landscape and scenic vistas of Glen Ellyn's prized Village Links provides the perfect backdrop to enhance your event, creating a truly memorable occasion. Our first class facilities and Above and Beyond customer service make Reserve 22 at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn a great choice to host your next event. Whether your celebration is for your company, your charity or any other special reason, we can accommodate from 8 - 160 guests. A hospitable sanctuary tucked away and preserved exclusively for your enjoyment. We encourage you to unwind and indulge with the help of our refined recipes and relaxing atmosphere. The number 22 represents the 22 lakes that complement our 240 acres of scenic landscape populated by native vegetation and diverse wildlife. As a member of the Audubon Society, our conservation efforts allow you to take in the sights and sounds of nature in class and comfort.
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: 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.
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.
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: http://bit.ly/1B9xSAe
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.
Chicago, IL  
Capacity: 400
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago offers venues for meetings that are professional and distinctive, but never boring. Our contemporary meeting spaces, signature style, and flexible venues make us the ideal event space in downtown Chicago for any professional function. Hard Rock has over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space to meet any of your desires. Our largest space is over 3,000 sq. ft. and can accommodate up to 200 people in rounds!
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.
Evanston, IL  
Capacity: 350
Located in vibrant downtown Evanston, the finest ballroom and lounge in Chicago’s North Shore offers the perfect location for weddings, celebrations, bar/bat mitzvahs and any other social event or corporate meeting that commands that special touch! The venue features a breathtaking, newly remodeled and state-of-the-art 2 story ballroom with spacious pre-function areas and an intimate cocktail lounge. With an emphasis on custom prepared cuisine created by its experience culinary team, The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge will be setting new expectations for catered events for years to come.
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.
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.
Schaumburg, IL  
Capacity: 150
$39.95-$79.95 per person
$1,000-$3,000 per event
In the tradition of great Chicago dining, the highly acclaimed Chicago Prime Steakhouse brings back unique, comfortable ambience and succulent flavor to their new location (Northeast corner of Algonquin and Meacham in the new lifestyle center called “Shoppes at Prime Village”). If Chicago Prime Steakhouse feels like coming home, there is a reason. The owners have been serving the finest cuts of beef to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago for more then 40 years; George was one of the original owners of the old Prime Table Restaurant in Rolling Meadows. “Our melt-in-your-mouth prime aged steaks are the best in the business and our wild seafood is never more than 48 hours out of home waters". Drinks are generous and smartly mixed. Everything has been carefully prepared to offer an exceptional urban dining experience right here in Schaumburg, IL *NOT DISPLAYED*