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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, baton 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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Grant Awardee Spotlight: Gardeneers

The CHIditarod Foundation is proud to be a part of ‘cultivating healthy futures’ with the Gardeneers. Gardeneers is an nonprofit organization that helps schools sustain effective school garden programs, specifically focusing on low-income communities and food deserts. Gardeneers are garden educators that implement weekly garden-based curriculum for students as well as doing garden maintenance when…

CHIditarod XI is March 5, 2016

CHIditarod XI is March 5, 2016 Since snow has officially fallen here in Chicago, it seems like a great time to share the date for our favorite frost fest — CHIditarod XI — is set for March 5, 2016. Stay tuned for the usual details about fundraising, registration (opening Jan 15, 2016), and more. Thanks…

Grant Awardee Spotlight: Community Dinners

Community Dinners is an organization with a new and inventive way of dealing with hunger, changing neighborhoods, and uniting a local community. Located in Logan Square, a neighborhood where there is a sea of change being experienced. Coffee roasters are taking the place of liquor stores and upscale bistros are taking the place of taquerias….

2015 Grant Awardees Announced

The CHIditarod Foundation is proud to announce our 2015 Grant Program awardees. This year the CHIditarod Foundation raised an incredible $25,000 for its grant program. The funds will be distributed in $5,000 increments to five Chicago-area 501(c)(3) organizations that are directly fighting hunger, making an impact on local food sustainability, and/or empowering individuals and communities…

Wall of Shame 2015

We tried something new this year. Something crazy. We put our faith in the good racers of CHIditarod and allowed them to keep their carts at the finish line overnight. I know, so gracious. While most teams were good citizens and came to pick up their stuff, a few of you still figured you could…

CHIditarod 2015 Results

CHIditarod X March 7, 2015 22,759 Meals for the Hungry 27,311 Pounds of Food Collected $38,732 Raised to Fight Hunger in Chicago Eleven hundred women, men, heroes, philanthropists, rockstars, elephants, volunteers, and enthusiastic mushers gathered on a warm 40 degree morning to create the annual spectacular costumed charity shopping cart race epic mobile food drive…

CHIditarod’s Firm Stance Against Cultural Insensitivity

At Saturday’s race, a team with members in blackface was allowed to participate despite their refusal to comply with requests by board members and organizers that they remove the make-up. We deeply regret that our inability to respond quickly to this unexpected behavior and come to a consensus about handling this team’s refusal to accommodate…

The Geek Show Interview

Check out this interview with our very own Devin Breen discussing his experience founding CHIditarod. Spoiler alert: he totally hams it up.

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