Imagine MORE for Your Wedding!

Imagine MORE for Your Wedding!

Weddings at Catalyst Ranch are One-of-a-Kind

Just like every couple is unique, each wedding in our eclectically decorated rooms is tailored to express your personality. Nothing is cookie-cutter. Each table is different, but beautifully matched with chairs to complement. The rugs and artwork have been curated from every corner of the globe, welcoming different cultures and weaving them together harmoniously within our walls. Your guests will feel right at home and yet transported to a magical world unlike any other. Whether your vision is a MicroWedding with an intimate ceremony and reception or a big celebration with 125 of your closest family and friends, we’re here to make it come to life.

Your Wedding. Our Space. SHAZAM!

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A Space that Celebrates You on Your Wedding Day

  • Historic lofted spaces filled with curated vintage furnishings and artwork eliminate the need for event rentals
  • Private space available only to you and your guests
  • Events Manager to simplify planning
  • Wedding Ceremony options abound
  • Extensive Preferred Caterers list to meet any budget or culinary desires
  • Recommendations for additional Vetted Vendors for additional services
  • Technology available to include virtual guests
  • West Loop location, easily accessible by any mode of transportation and great lodging options

Start Planning Your Event!

Weddings can be a fun way to express your creativity and personality, but they don’t need to be a year filled with stressful planning. Catalyst Ranch has everything you need to get the ball rolling and start planning your celebration.

Our historic lofted spaces are filled with a curated mix of vintage and ethnic furnishings and artwork, eliminating the need for expensive event rentals. And all of our rentals are private to you and your guests.

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Customize Your Wedding Ceremony

If you want the ease of holding your wedding ceremony at the same space as the reception, we’re here to help you craft this most important part of your day to reflect your individual vision. And we have the technology to connect any guests who are unable to attend in person but with whom you’d like to share your special day.

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Focus on Your Personal Touches

Our spaces spark the imagination and weddings are no different. What better occasion to get creative together? With our help guiding you through the planning of your festivities, you can rest easy and focus instead on the little details. We’ve worked with some amazing vendors over the years and are happy to share our resources with you. We can even recommend Day-Of event coordination experts who make sure that the day goes off without a hitch so that you can stay in the moment.

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Let’s celebrate Catalyst Ranch style!

Amazing Catering Options

We have an extensive catering list to meet any budget or culinary desires. Our Preferred Caterers offer delicious catering options in any style service. If you are looking for plated meals, passed appetizers, family-style, buffet-style or stations, any of our caterers can execute to perfection. Many of our caterers are woman-owned and minority-owned.

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Location, Location, Location

Catalyst Ranch is located in the bustling and vibrant West Loop neighborhood, the old meatpacking district. The buildings we are located in date back to the 1880s and have soaked up the atmosphere of a bygone era. We’re easily accessible. Planes, trains and automobiles, buses and El stops are all close to our venue. We also offer discounted parking at a nearby enclosed garage.

If your guests need a place to stay, there is a wealth of accommodation options in the area or within a 5-7 minute cab ride, with more opening every day.

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An Offbeat Space

“I had my wedding reception at Catalyst Ranch a little over 2 months ago and I still can’t stop swooning over it. Yes… this is a space for non-traditional brides-grooms and brides-brides and grooms-grooms. If you’re offbeat, then you need an offbeat space and I’m not sure if there is anything in the Midwest that would rival this little gem. I want to adopt the Special Events Coordinator at Catalyst Ranch! She was the best help ever. This was the first vendor we booked and she was so sweet to guide us in our wedding planning. We booked our wedding photographer and my dress vendor based on her recommendations and I was extremely happy with them as well. I love you Catalyst Ranch! *sigh*”

– Martha, Bride

Wedding Guests

Highly Recommended!

“This was an incredibly awesome place to have a reception! It is a large loft-type space that is loaded with in multi-cultural decor. There are several different rooms with different styles. They are very easy to work with – the woman who helped me to plan my reception was very helpful. They are very flexible and their staff is very friendly. The cost is very good and cheaper than the other places I checked out to have the reception in the city. Overall, highly recommended!”

– Lena, Bride

Our guests could not stop talking about...

“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 Ranch 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 Ranch. 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 Ranch again. Book them now!”

Martha, Bride

Dream Reception Hall

“Catalyst Ranch was my dream reception hall. 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.”

Sterling, Bride

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A Great Value!

“In comparison to any other loft spaces, hotel ballroom, or other event hall in Chicago, it is actually a great value. No decoration is needed at all. They have all the furniture, which is amazing mismatched vintage, and they’ll take care of just about anything you need or point you in the direction of who can help you. They have so much experience with what they do, you’ll have nothing to worry about the day of the event. I can’t emphasize enough just how much fun your guests will have. The rooms have all kinds of old vintage knick-knacks and wigs and costumes for your guests to get into, which by the end of the night, or at the very beginning of the night for us, you’ll find your friends and family knee deep in, which made for some amazing photos! I enjoyed every minute of our time working with the staff of Catalyst Ranch and hope that we get to attend another event there although I don’t know if it will match the amazing time we had on the day of our wedding.”

– Alissa, Bride

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