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CHIditarod is Chicago’s 100% volunteer-driven epic urban shopping cart race, charity food drive, costumed beauty pageant, talent show and chaos generator, all in one. It’s a micro-grant fundraiser for the CHIditarod Foundation, and probably the world’s largest mobile food drive, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

CHIditarod XII Fundraising Epic Progress!


CHIditarod XII is Saturday March 4, 2017. Dust off your cart, fire up the blowtorch, sew all the things, batten down the hatches, grease them wheels and prepare thyselves! CHIditarod cometh.

CHIditarod is more than just costumes and shopping carts. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to eradicating hunger. Our annual micro-grant program has provided $95,000 in funds to Chicago-area nonprofits solving hunger challenges via education, innovation, and direct action. CHIditarod is a 100% volunteer driven event; we need over 350+ volunteers on race day.

Top Fundraising Teams

3GS&T 11th Ed


Team: ChicaGoGo Girls

The Care Bears (BurgerTime 2.0)

Team: Garden Warfare: Gnomeland Security


Photo by Bartek Karas

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…

2017 Call to Arms

MUSH! The CHIditarod, Chicago’s Shopping Cart Race for a Good Cause Celebrates 12th Year MARCH 4th 2017 Important Dates: January 7th Design Contest Closes January 16th Racer & Volunteer Registration Open January 28th CHIditaBowl – Pre-race Fundraiser – Fundraise for your team, bowl, and win some fabulous things! Spectators and well-wishers are invited to witness the start…

The 2016 Sabotage Report is Here!

Attention! Attention! Calling all Racers! Each year we put on our thinking caps and engage in perilous deeds–one part math, one part magicky-magic–to assess the state of mayhem in the CHIditarod kingdom. More than 30% of racers in the 2016 CHIditarod race participated in a post-race survey designed to assess racer satisfaction, patterns in cocktail…

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