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 XIII is March 3, 2018 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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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

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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…

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