Dress Up. Cause Chaos. DO GOOD.

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


2016 Grantees Announced

In 2016 we granted a total of $25,000 to Chicago-area nonprofit organizations that are directly fighting hunger, making an impact on local food sustainability, and/or empowering individuals and communities through food education.

Celebrating our 2nd decade

  • 13,044 Meals for the Hungry
  • 15,625 Pounds of Food Collected
  • $32,798 Raised to Fight Hunger in Chicago
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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…