During a mere three days, the Merchandise Mart in Chicago goes from its usual hustle and bustle to a veritable whirlwind of events, speakers and presentations during the Neo Con World’s Trade Fair, the country’s largest conference and exhibition of contract furnishings for the design and management of the build environment. The over 50,000 visitors can view the latest products, learn about innovative techniques and mingle with designers, artists and architects from around the country.
Returning for its second year to Neo Con is CANstruction, a charitable event that enlists 20 of Chicago’s best architecture, construction and engineering firms to create innovative structures out of, yes, CANS! Over 86,000 can were used in last year’s competition to create these phenomenal larger-than-life structures, and this year’s competition is expected to exceed this amount. The “Build Night” on June 10 kicks off CANstruction, where build teams have from 6 pm – 6 am to complete their work. Not only does this event showcase the incredible talent of these firms, but all of the cans used are donated to the Greater Chicago Depository– double whammy!
The event is free to the public June 11-30. I will definitely make at least one trip to check out these works of art. Stay tuned for more surely incredible photos to come. So whether or not you plan to attend this year’s Neo Con, be sure to check out this CAN-tastic and worthwhile event!