Chicago's Rational Park is a gallery, event
space and full-time shared creative studio.
It's no Guggenheim, but it's pretty good.

Rational Park is a place for presentations, surprise parties, classes and meetings, awards ceremonies, dog/cat weddings, focus group jim-jams, yoga videos, balloon interventions and baseball card meet-ups. Looking for a great space to host your event?
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Rational Park has hosted exhibitions by Ryan Duggan, Dmitry Samarov, Zach Hobbs, Chema Skandal, Ben Chalpek, Reuben Wu, Jordan Martins, Eric Lebofsky, and Johalla Projects.




DAN KESTLER - "The Raft of the Medusa"

UPDATE: We'll be holding a closing a closing reception on Saturday, May 30 from 12 - 2pm. If you weren't able to make it to the opening, this is your chance to swing by and talk with Dan. We hope to see you then!

We also have Risograph Prints for the show available in the store and and at the closing reception. 


Rational Park, in collaboration with Johalla Projects, is very excited to present The Raft of the Medusa, a new exhibition of works on panel and paper by the Detroit-based artist Dan Kestler. The exhibition will run from May 15 through May 30. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 15th from 7pm to 11pm. 

Dan Kestler’s works are the result of looking. A steadfast student of classical painting, Kestler’s main subject here depicts – in varying stages of recognition – the figure. In The Raft of the Medusa (named for the seminal Romantic-period work by Géricault), he considers the form with a raw, monochromatic take, and primarily relays his subjects’ movement (or lack thereof) via gesture and texture.

For the exhibition, Kestler presents multiple bodies of recent paintings and drawings – many of which purposefully allude to ancient statuary or European old master works. These references, combined with Kestler’s moody process of mark-making and construction, leads to a result that hovers between figurative and abstract, and further forces the viewer to interpret the works’ compositions much in the same way that Kestler experienced and rendered them.

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"Woman 13" from The Raft of the Medusa by Dan Kestler

Dan Kestler (b. 1970) is an artist and manager in the distribution industry who lives and works in Detroit with his wife and two daughters. He holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information regarding this exhibition or about Rational Park, please contact

Conference Space Gallery Empty Painting Bridal Show Stationary Lights & Reflectors Balloons Dance Photo Shoot Photo Sweep Screen Printing

Founded in 2010, the 3000 square foot space was designed primarily to serve the day-to-day workspace needs of those camped at Rational Park. Six offices fill the center, and in back is a screen-printing room and workshop. The work area is partitioned by a 12 x 8-foot retractable wall that separates it from the front gallery. 14-foot high ceilings and dropped track lighting offer an inviting blank canvas for installations and events. The 10-foot wide rolled sweep attached to the ceiling provides an excellent resource for photo shoots.

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About Us

Rational Park essentially started in 2007 as a cooperative model for friends running independent creative businesses. After relocating to the current space, it has evolved into a resource not only for the members, but for their larger scale projects and for the community as a whole. They are designers, developers, art directors, illustrators, publishers and musicians.

About Adam

Adam is a jack of all trades, master of some. Running much of the platform and language gamut, he is a hyper-critical data architect and a steady-handed code surgeon. He is a also musician, (very) amateur photographer, gardener, cook, and animal lover... and no matter what he says, he does not believe your data models are quite up to snuff.

Penly Solutions, Inc., The Laureates, Paul Cary, Instagram, @adampenly, @penlysolutions

About Anna

Anna Cerniglia is an adjunct faculty of the School of the Art Institute, freelance curator and the director/founder of Johalla Projects.!/johallaprojects

About Craighton

Craighton Berman is a designer, illustrator, and creator based in Chicago. Craighton's studio work combines drawing and design-thinking to yield a weirdo style of illustration. Craighton is also the founder & creative director of Manual, a brand that makes designed objects for food & drink.

Craighton Berman Studio - @craightonberman
Manual - @manualgoods

About Johnathan

Graphic Designer, Wordpresser, Photographer, Wood Worker, Recorder, Drummer. Enjoys a well oiled chain and a sharp knife as well as his Wacom pad. He has not yet mastered the art of making hard boiled eggs, but is currently looking for a mentor on this matter.


About Johnny

Johnny Sampson is an illustrator, printer, picker and grinner. He acts as a curator and frequent collaborator with Rational Park.

About Troy

Troy Lehman is a graphic designer based out of Chicago, IL. Troy also operates an art and print studio under the creative moniker You With Rhinestones, specializing in the Risograph digital duplicator to create forms of editioned print ephemera such as art prints, zines, posters, stickers, and books.


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Chicago, IL 60647

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