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.

Celebrating 15 Years of Charity, Asphalt, & Glory.

What started as a dream to make a difference in 2005 became a reality in 2006. In the last decade and a half of running shopping carts through Chicago neighborhoods, in a given year, we have raised as little as $2,500 and as much as $75,000. We have had as few as 120 Racers and as many as 750. Add it all up and you have: 15 years, more than $312,027, and more than 209,770 pounds of food. We cannot wait to see what happens next. Now, MUSH!

2019 Grants Awarded

CHIditarod XIV Results

Hermitage Street Community Garden, Neighborspace

In 2019 we granted a total of $55,000 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.

  • 18,847.5 Meals for the Hungry
  • 19,719.5 Pounds of Food Collected
  • $72,000 Raised to Fight Hunger in Chicago
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Design Contest


Photo by Bartek Karas

Show us what you got! Our design contest opens November 15, 2019 and closes on January 15, 2020 at 00:00 am CT.