Charity. Asphalt. Glory.

CHIditarod is Chicago’s original 100% volunteer-driven epic urban shopping cart race, charity food drive, costumed beauty pageant, talent show, fundraiser and chaos generator. It’s probably the world’s largest mobile food drive, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the CHIditarod Foundation‘s quest to end hunger.

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CHIditarod XIV is March 2, 2019 and registration is now open! Dust off your ole’ cart, fire up that blowtorch, sew those costumes, batten down the hatches, clean those pipes, grease them wheels and prepare yourself. CHIditarod approacheth and thee best be ready.

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 $121,500 in funds to Chicago-area nonprofits solving hunger challenges via education, innovation, and direct action. CHIditarod is a 100% volunteer driven event, and we need 300+ volunteers on race day to make it a success.

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2018 Results

CHIditarod XIII March 3, 2018 14,476 Meals for the Hungry 17,371 Pounds of Food Collected More than $56,000 Raised to Fight Hunger in Chicago Nearly eight hundred kindred souls gathered on a balmy 40 degree day to create the annual spectacularly-festive, extraordinarily-costumed, epically mobile food drive and charity shopping cart race — CHIditarod XIII. The sun-drenched…

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…

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…

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