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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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Cook County Food Pantries report “Record Need” in 2013

WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio) reports that the number of residents in need of food reflects high poverty numbers for 2012. Chicago’s food pantries see the city’s growing hunger problem up close. “You see people lining up before the sun rises even on these coldest days of the year, and waiting, you know, in some cases…

CHIditarod 2013 Call to Arms

CHIditarod VIII.  March 2, 2013 Making the epic “epic” for the past 7 years, now entering its 8th year. CHIditarod (ʃai*dit’*ə*rɒd): n.) the annual Chicago-based phenomenon that combines elements of the Alaskan Iditarod® with Chicago’s finest brand of debaucherous social activism.  Part food drive, part race, part beauty pageant, part bar crawl.  A spectacle like…

New Website

…pardon our dust as we gut n’ rework our website. Our greatest thanks goes out to Symbiotic Creative for partnering with us to achieve this milestone. If you find any bugs please send ’em to us!

ChiditaPROM 2013

ChiditaProm 2013 :: A ‘Rod to Remember An all-team, all-participant fundraiser for the 2013 CHIditarod. The 80’s prom you wish you had. Friday, February 8th, 2013 Buy Prom Tickets Why are we doing this? In 2012 teams stepped up to fundraise in a new and big way — by throwing their very own fundraiser parties….

Design Contest 2013

The design contest is now open. Earn free entry and shwag for sharing your creative prowess. Contest is open until January 27, 2013!!

Start of the 7th annual Chiditarod, photo by Sol Neelmn

Chiditarod 2012 Results

CHIditarod VII A smashing success! On March 3, 2012, 161 teams registered/151 teams raced and almost 275 volunteers participated in this year’s epic CHIditarod.  Teams ran a 4.8ish mile race between 5 of 8 checkpoints in Chicago’s Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town and Ukranian Village neighborhoods. CHIditarod catapulted its anti-hunger efforts to new heights in…

CHIditarod 2012 Results – By the Numbers

2012 Finish Times Based on us getting your time card at Bottom Lounge.  Our ChiScore automated timekeeping system returned with some new improvements, as well as a few newly-uncovered bugs.  We’ll be dialing it in even further for 2013.  If there’s something that seems amiss, or you notice we don’t have all your information, contact…

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