Rational Park is an art gallery, event space, and full-time shared creative studio located in Chicago's Humboldt Park.

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.



heavycream_2Rational Park is proud to present a group show featuring new work by Julian Baker, Mary Charlene, Zach HobbsMarieke McClendon, Shelby Rothenhöfer, & Johnny Sampson.

HEAVY CREAM is a collection of artists practicing a variety of disciplines: sign-painters, graphic designers, illustrators, and cartoonists. Each has a distinct style and perspective–all have a passion for creating. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, prints, and installations; making it an especially dynamic collection of whimsical, subversive work. 

Please join us for the opening reception 6-10pm on Saturday, October 10th.

Show runs through Friday, October 30th, by appointment only.


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

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. 


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 artist, 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.


2557 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647


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