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.
Ben Chlapek: "Uppers And Downers And All-Arounders"

August 15th–29th, 2015

Opening Reception Saturday, August 15th 6-10pm



Rational Park is proud to announce “Uppers And Downers And All-Arounders”, a solo exhibition by artist Ben Chlapek. This collection of pen and ink drawings, paintings, and screen prints will mark the artist’s first solo show in Chicago. Much of his meticulous renderings are intimate meditations on his surroundings; delicate observations of decay and loss, a wistful yet optimistic view of the world around him.

The artist in his own words:

"Most of the work I've done since moving to Chicago in late 2013 has been pen and ink. A handful of paintings, a good amount of screen printing, but mostly small ink drawings. 

It's very satisfying to be able to work anywhere with minimal tools. It can be very stripped down and functional, but it can also be as ornamental and intricate as you want. These drawings are born from an appreciation of classic rendered ink pieces from a century ago and the modern surroundings of everyday life.

Ghost signs, vintage printed ephemera, and architecture are also big inspirations for these pieces. They make me yearn for a time when there wasn't reality television or quadruple bacon wrapped fiesta burgers with cowboy sauce."

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

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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