What is Canstruction?
Canstruction is a unique world wide charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food.
Canstruction Chicago (under the umbrella of Canstruction) is a design/build event which benefits the Greater Chicago Chicago Food Depository. Teams comprised of professionals from the AEC industry fundraise for, design, and build structures composed of non perishable food items. These “Cansculptures” are housed in the first floor of the Merchandise Mart and are on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. The “Cansculptures” are judged in various categories by a celebrity chef and prominent members of the AEC industry. Canstruction Chicago culminates in an awards presentation and cocktail party at the Merchandise Mart.
In 2015, Canstruction Chicago collected over 113,000 lbs of non-perishable items for the Food Depository’s network of 650 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and programs throughout Cook County. Canstruction Chicago is the Food Depository’s largest one-day food drive that helps to put food on the table for the 1 in 6 men, women and children who turn to the Food Depository annually.
Canstruction Chicago 2016 Schedule:
Build Night // Wednesday, August 10 / Merchandise Mart / 6pm
Exhibit Open to the Public // Thursday, August 11 – Tuesday, September 06 / Merchandise Mart / Normal Business Hours / Free for All Ages
ChicagoCAN: Awards & Cocktail Reception // Tuesday, August 30 / Merchandise Mart / 5:30 – 8pm
Decanstruction // Tuesday, September 06 / Merchandise Mart / 5pm