Catalyst Ranch is a whimsically designed space which naturally lends itself to festive occasions – weddings, commitment ceremonies, anniversary parties, networking events, corporate dinners, quinceanera, bar & bat mitzvahs. Fully furnished and decorated, it’s easy to throw a party here. You naturally want to dance – The Polka, The Cha Cha, The Jitterbug, The Mambo and The Tango, of course. We work with a diverse group of outstanding caterers, guaranteed to meet your every desire.
Catalyst Ranch is all about throwing a great party. And making it super easy for you to be the host(ess) with the most(est) and not even get your hands dirty. Since the rooms are fully furnished with an eclectic mix of vintage and ethnic pieces, there’s no rentals needed and your guests have plenty of places to recline, cozy up in a corner and have a private tête-à-tête or put their feet up between dance numbers.
With all the colors and artwork on the walls, there’s no need to form a decorating committee (you can put that behind you with prom). Instead, put your effort into cool invitations, selecting party favors, making that select guest list and picking out the tunes.
As for food for your party, we’ve teamed up with some of the most scrumdilly-icious caterers in Chicago! They’re chock-full of tasty ideas and talent, all at your beck and call.
And, the best part is that you don’t have to it all alone. Our Gala Girl is here to guide you all the way, whether it’s introducing you to some great vendors, pointing you to the vintage photo booth or figuring out the perfect layout for the room. No matter whether you’re looking to pull something together quickly and simply at the last minute or you’ve got a year to plan every detail, we can help!
Catalyst Ranch is very conveniently located in the West Loop, in downtown Chicago. Right off the expressway and near all the major train stations, getting here is easy. There are wonderful hotels nearby and fast taxis or limos to get you here. Thrifty parking is all around, too.
Let’s Celebrate – Catalyst Ranch style!
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Recommended by 94% of couples
Martha · Married on 08/08/2009
This venue almost speaks for itself! As soon as you walk into this space, you can't help but to smile. Everything is so sunny, happy and quirky. There is a definite retro feel to the space. Needless to say, this venue is for the offbeat couple! The more formal Bridezilla need not apply here. All of our guests could not stop talking about how awesome they thought Catalyst was. They commented on how it almost felt like we were having the reception at our home as opposed to a rented facility! That is how intimate it felt. Paulette was such a pleasure to work with. She was extremely responsive before, during and after our contract with Catalyst. She was very helpful in helping us with vendor recommendations and giving us tips early on in our wedding planning process. She was acting almost as our unofficial wedding planner for a while. She was patient with us as we asked endless questions and was extremely flexible with our requests. We are threatening to have a large one-year anniversary party just so we can go party at Catalyst again. Book them now!Sent on 09/08/2009
Sterling · Married on 09/13/2008
Catalyst Ranch was my dream reception hall.Sent on 12/05/2008
I am not a traditional person so this place was perfect!
My husband and I didn't want to spend tons of money on decorations that no one would remember, so when we met with Paulette at the venue we loved it immediately. The walls are all brightly colored, there are games and toys, costumes, big couches, and tables from the 40s, 50s and 60s. It was perfect for us.
If you want a wedding that is more about having fun and celebrating your marriage than centerpieces and candelabras this is the place for you.
It was honestly the perfect wedding.
Nicole · Married on 04/25/2015
We were looking for something unique for our wedding and catalyst was exactly that. Directly off the expressway and with convenient parking it was very accessible for our guests too. Krissy was a breeze to work with and all their staff was friendly. Thank you for helping to make our day memorable for us and our guests for years to come!Sent on 04/27/2015
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If you are looking for a fun and (truly) unique place to throw a party, look no further than Catalyst Ranch! Every inch (make that centimeter!) is covered with colorful, humorous and nostalgic decor that will put a smile on everyone's face. The staff is super fun -- and professional. We can't wait to work there again!
What an fantastic venue!! Catalyst Ranch is one of Chicago most unique, fun and creative spaces. We love working there!
Catalyst Ranch is a fantastic venue!! Everyone who knows me can tell you that this is my favorite. The decor is fun and whimsical - a wonderful atmosphere for a wedding. Plus, there are great spots for a ceremony that have a warm, intimate feel. A perfect combination of funky & friendly! The staff is amazing - every single person I have encountered has been approachable and eager to help - they are definitely there to make sure your day is perfect. I have performed several ceremonies at Catalyst Ranch and every couple I've worked with was thrilled with their choice.