Catalyst Ranch's Philosophy

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The Philosophy that makes Catalyst Ranch such a Special Experience

What makes Catalyst Ranch so different from any hotel conference center? Our sole focus is on meetings and helping you have the most productive offsite session you’ve ever held. Over the years we’ve developed a magic formula that consistently works for our clients.

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Disorient


When you bring people off-site, irrespective of the reason, you want them to come with a fresh, open mind, receptive to new ideas. One way to open the mind and clear it of stale, preconceived notions is to disorient it. Disorientation is essential to creativity and new thought. That’s why we fill the rooms with vintage furniture, vast amounts of artwork, ethnic furnishings, toys and books. Not what you typically see in a conference room.

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Nostalgia Triggers Purposeful Play

Why the vintage furniture, toys and artwork? Memories of childhood inevitably rekindle the child-like self, when we all had booming imaginations and no one thought about whether or not they were creative. What we’ve found is that those memories lead our meeting participants to come up with solutions to problems that they would not otherwise have generated had they been tackling them in their usual office environment.


 

Embrace Diversity

 

Many people grow up with another language, culture and traditions. We think it’s important to welcome, acknowledge and value all the aspects that make each person unique. That’s why our rooms are filled with ethnic furniture, rugs, pillows and artwork in unique combinations. Who knows what conversations it will spark and what you may find out about your colleagues?


 

Space to Roam

 

It’s important to free up thinking by giving meeting attendees space to wander and explore. Instead of giving you many small, windowless rooms to use as breakouts, we’ve incorporated them into your meeting room. There’s typically a central presentation area with breakout areas along the perimeter of the room. So instead of being trapped in one seat throughout the day, meeting attendees can stretch their legs and re-engage their brains.


 

Engage the Senses

 

You have five senses (some may even have a sixth), so why not engage all of them and kick your brain into high gear? There’s freshly brewed coffee to entice the nostrils, Play-doh for the restless fingers, music from our satellite radio stations, many things to delight the eyes and delectable food to tantalize the palate.


 

Tailor-Made

 

We know that each meeting has a different objective and not all room set-ups are conducive to achieving your goals. That’s why the space is so flexible. We’re used to moving couches, armchairs, tables, chairs, hammock swings and coffee tables to the absolutely perfect configuration for you. That’s why the Ranch Hands are so
physically fit. We’ve also come up with all sorts of creative options to meet your needs.

Partnering with the Meeting Planner & Facilitator

You’ll have a dedicated Client Services Manager who will be your point person. Not only will they ensure that you are in the best room to suit your needs, they’ll take care of all your meeting details, brainstorm room setups and make suggestions for additional activities, facilitators, dinners and entertainment in the booming West Loop neighborhood where we’re located. And our Ranch Hands will be at the ready to help you the day of your meeting, whatever your needs might be. They’re up for any challenge you can throw at them!


 

No Pricing Surprises

 

Our pricing is all inclusive. A/V equipment, meeting supplies, wireless internet, tech support, unlimited hot and cold beverages and two delicious snack services are all part of the package. We let you pick your breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and don’t lock you into any sort of catering minimums. The menus are full of appetizing, healthy and unusual choices.


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