Important Team Dates for 2019


May-June 2019

June-July 2019

July-August 2019

  • Final 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)

  • Final Build Stats Due (e-mail

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

September 2019

October 2019

  • Crates for packing cans delivered to teams

  • Movers will pick-up crates from teams and deliver to Merchandise Mart

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

  • Build Night, theMart, 6pm to 6am

Thursday, October 10, 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.

Click the links below for resources and information:

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!

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