Important Team Dates for 2019


May 2019

June 2019

  • June 3: Registration Fees due. Canstruction will send a payment link after the registration deadline.

  • June 5: Team Captains Kick-Off Meeting, AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker, 5:30-6:30 PM

July 2019

  • July 24: Design Due (online form)

    • Structure Name

    • Team Member Names & Contact Info

    • Final Rendering of Structure

    • Dimensions of Build

    • Descriptive Paragraph

    • Total Can Count

    • Ingredients List / Quantity of Each Ingredient/ Weight per Can/ Weight per Ingredient

    • Anticipated Non-can Materials List

    • Special Thank Yous (to be included on board)

August 2019

  • August 21: Final Build Stats Due (online form)

    • We know things change: submit the final can and ingredient list

September 2019

  • September 10: Moving Request Due (online form)

    • Team Captain contact info

    • Location of cans for pickup

    • Number and weight of cans

  • Draft of event printed materials sent to Team Captains for review

October 2019

  • October 1-2 (tentative): Crates for packing cans delivered to teams

  • October 8-9 (tentative): Movers will pick-up crates from teams and deliver to Merchandise Mart

Thursday, October 10, 2019

  • Build Night, theMart, 6pm to 6am

Friday, October 11, 2019 – Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • ChicagoCAN Charity Cocktail + Awards Reception, the Mart, 5:30-8pm. Awards at 6pm

Monday, November 4, 2019

  • DeCanstruction, the Mart, 5pm

Information for Teams

Canstruction Chicago has a minimum can requirement of 3,750 cans.

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You may use the Canstruction and GCFD logos for your team's use. You may not alter, stretch, change colors, etc. in any way. If you have questions on the proper use of both the Canstruction and GCFD brand identities, please contact us at

In past years, teams have written about and recorded their Canstruction experience. Check out these teams' blogs for insider tips!

Get in My Belly: Time Lapse video from Gensler and Skender, 2018

Fighting Hunger Chicago Style: OKW Architects, W.E. O'Neil, RTM Associates - 2017

Barreling Through the Navy Blue: Legat Architects, Leopardo - 2017

Just Keep Giving: OKW Architects, W.E. O'Neil, RTM Associates - 2016

Keeping the Monster at Bay: RJN, Epstein - 2013