Hotel, Venue and Travel

Chicago's most creative meeting space.

Catalyst Ranch is a unique meeting location so we can dive into progressive thinking, creativity and idea sharing quickly.  No big session rooms! Couches, rockers and comfy furniture is what you’ll have at FreshForward.

The Catalyst Ranch
656 W. Randolph, Suite 3W
Chicago, IL 60661

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Hotel Accomodations

Ace HotelAce Hotel Chicago

You’ll enjoy extended modern comfort at the Ace Hotel Chicago. Oh, and the Ace Hotel has a great rooftop hotel bar—and a guitar in every room in the event you want to compose your greatest song lyrics while on the road. No kidding.

Ace Hotel Chicago
311 N Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Hotel parking: $55 per vehicle per night, valet only

Securing Your Room

Ace Hotel ChicagoInvited Retailers

Ready to be spoiled? Two nights of hotel accommodation at the ACE Hotel, Chicago will be covered by your supplier partners. You will be able to select your arrival and departure date and room type during the registration process. 

Supplier Sponsors

The deadline for hotel reservations at the ACE Hotel has now passed. Please contact the hotel directly at 312-548-1177 to check on availability and pricing.

Cancellation Policy: 
All hotel changes, substitutions, and/or cancellations must be made directly with the hotel. Individuals will not be charged a cancellation fee if hotel receives notice of cancellation by 3 p.m. local time, 48 hours prior to check-in date. Please review the complete reservation policy at time of making online reservation.

Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations:
Hotel reservations should be made by calling the hotel directly or using the official hotel link provided in your confirmation e-mail. FMI does not use a third-party company to make hotel reservations or sell rooms on its behalf for this event. If a third-party contacts you offering housing options, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the event and entering into financial agreements with such companies may have costly consequences.

Please note: FMI reserves the right to review the conference room block and remove those individuals who have not registered for the conference. One (1) hotel reservation per registered delegate will be accommodated. The hotel reservation should be made under the corresponding registered delegate’s name to avoid confusion. Hotel reservations are accepted on a first-come, first served basis, including requests for specific room types.

For more information on logistics or accommodations, please contact:
Colleen Bailey
Manager, Meeting Services

Traveling to FreshForward


The ACE hotel does not provide shuttle service to/from local airports.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is 16 miles from the hotel (approximately 40 minutes).

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is 11 miles from the hotel (approximately 30 minutes). 


Taxis are available outside of baggage claim and average is $30-50 one way. Uber or Lyft car services are also available for pick-up from the airport and cost approximately $20-40 one way.

Alternate Transit

The CTA is Chicago's subway service and costs $3-5, one-way.