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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 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 $75,000 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.

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CHIditarod 2016 Results

CHIditarod XI March 5, 2016 13,044 Meals for the Hungry 15,625 Pounds of Food Collected $32,798 Raised to Fight Hunger in Chicago Eight hundred women, men, grandmas, lunch ladies, go-go dancers, bunnies, sharks, goats, presidents, volunteers, and enthusiastic mushers gathered on a 38 degree morning to create the annual spectacular costumed charity shopping cart race epic mobile food drive…

2015 Sabotage Report

Hear ye, hear ye! The 2015 Sabotage Report has been born–and just in time for this year’s race! Though we love charity and collective creativity too, sabotage has established itself as a central pillar of CHIditarod culture. Sabotage is often attempted, seldom nuanced. It takes a minute to learn, a lifetime to master. Let your guard…

How To Not Suck At Sabotage

Sabotage is of the best and worst parts of CHIditarod. It can leave you laughing or with a totally sour taste in the mouth. CHIditarod wants to help you break out of that winter funk and get geared up for spring, while generating chaos for a good cause. Sabotage can take many forms; some are awesome, and some will get you DQ’d. Here’s…

Grant Awardee Spotlight: Purple Asparagus

CHIditarod has again chosen to sponsor Purple Asparagus in our 2015 Grant Cycle. In Chicago’s low-income communities obesity rates for children may be as high as 70%. The goal of Purple Asparagus is simple: change the way children eat. Purple Asparagus has been working over the past decade to address nutritional issues children face, and…

CHIditarod Foundation Seeks Board Members

The CHIditarod Foundation is seeking to add members to its Board of Directors. Read on for more details and instructions for how to apply. Applications must be received by Sunday, January 24 2016 in order to be considered.  About the CHIditarod Foundation We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Chicago, IL, that hosts large,…

Holiday Hunger in Chicago

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, who all racer food donations help support, notes that more than 812,000 men, women, and children, or 1:6 in Cook County depend on them each year. During a time of year where many are picking out presents, going to parties, and debating between peppermint flavored cookies or brownies, there are…

ChiditaBowl 2016

Let’s go Bowling.  An all-team, all-participant fundraiser for the 2016 CHIditarod. We had so much fun doing it in 2014 that we’re bringing it back for the winter of 2016.

Grant Awardee Spotlight: Chicago Lights

One of our grant recipients for our 2015 cycle is Chicago Lights. This organization’s mission is to provide hope and opportunity to our city’s children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Chicago Lights uses supportive relationships and diverse programs to empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and…

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