Important Team Dates for 2018


Tuesday, March 20

  • Open House and Interested Teams Meeting, AIA Chicago 5:30-6:30 PM

Friday, April 13

Friday, April 27 (extended deadline)

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

Tuesday, April 24

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

Friday, May 11

Friday, June 22

  • 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)


Friday, July 13

  • Final Build Stats Due (e-mail
    • We know things change: submit the final can and ingredient list

Friday, July 13

August 7-8 (dates will be confirmed in July)

  • Crates for packing cans delivered to teams

August 14-15

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

Wednesday, August 15

  • Build Night, the Mart, 6pm to 6am

Thursday, August 16 – Sunday, September 9

Thursday, August 23

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

Monday, September 10

  • 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