2017 Grant Awardees

CHIditarod XII was a great success thanks to everyone involved. The CHIditarod Foundation raised more than 25,000 pounds of food for those in need, in a heroic effort to fight hunger. Thanks to generous donors and competitive teams, we were able to meet new fundraising goals to help like-minded organizations trying to better Chicago. This…

Grant Report:: Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

  The Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (GPCA), graciously thanked the CHIditarod Foundation for its support of their efforts to address the need for fresh produce in our local neighborhoods of East and West Garfield Park, which are known food deserts within the City of Chicago. The $2,500 grant awarded to GPCA by the CHIditarod Foundation was instrumental to their…

Grant Report:: Experimental Station

  Experimental Station is grateful to CHIditarod Foundation for the opportunity to carry out our Crockpot Project. All who participated deemed it a lot of fun and a great success! The project goal was to provide a series of three crockpot cooking lessons to residents of the low-income Jackson Park Terrace (JPT) apartment complex. The…

Grant Reports: NeighborSpace Hermitage Street Community Garden

Hermitage Street Community Garden, Englewood, is one of the many places NeighborSpace has helped to create to encourage healthy eating and relieving food scarcity in Chicago. The CHIditarod grant of $5,000 has supported improvements at Hermitage Street Community Garden and increased in turn the food donations made available to families in the Englewood community. Most of these donations…

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2017 Results

CHIditarod XII March 4, 2017 18,404 Meals for the Hungry  22,085 Pounds of Food Collected $45,000 Raised to Fight Hunger in Chicago Eight hundred women, men, astronauts, “school kids”, Vegas show girls, wizards, medicine men, tin men, circus entertainers, volunteers, bananas, philanthropists, leisure enthusiasts and enthusiastic mushers gathered on a balmy 42 degree morning to create…

How to Win, Place, or Show at Chiditarod 

Experienced Chiditarod Master Judges and members of the COREganizer Corps provide some tips for those hoping to win big on race day.  Okay, what’s the magic formula for winning big?  There isn’t one way to do it right, but there are lots of things that can go wrong, so let’s start with what *not* to…

A Guide to Winning Awards

Mark Grutza, CHIdiot racer, and now a CHIditarod Foundation Board Member, remembers coming into Chiditarod as a new racer and realizing that if they wanted to win, they’d have to go big. Here’s how they did it… Year one of the Chidiots was a wake-up call. We arrived at the starting line with a poorly constructed woman…

How to Bribe at Chiditarod

An experienced Chiditarod Master Judge, who is also an award-winning bribe creator, provides some tips for those new to the bribe aspect of race day. Is bribing required to win? Not unless you are vying for the Best Bribe Award. Bribes are not required, but they can both add dimension to your theme, and serve…

How to Race Like a Pro. Tips from a Team

When it comes to CHIditarod, there are several teams that come back, time and time again. Action Squad became a dynasty team, being involved with the race from humble beginnings to going above and beyond for the race, and our cause. We asked three long running teams, what make CHIditarod work, how do you fund…

CHIditaBowl III

Registered to race in CHIditarod XII? Wondering how to get your fundraising started? Come to CHIditaBowl and you will be helping your team reach its goals! It’s a great way to get tips on how to build your cart, bounce ideas off each other, and get to see people you may not have seen since…