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Chicago Weekend Events 3/4-3/6: Charity Madness, Youth Sports & Grown-Up Prom

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/04/11 01:20 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

Sure, the weather isn't supposed to be that great this weekend, but there's plenty going on around the city to lift your winter gloom, and a lot of it's for a good cause to boot.

There's a no-holds-barred shopping cart race that's also a food drive, a cold plunge in Lake Michigan that benefits the Special Olympics and a prom that goes to support a reading center. Plus, a commemorative march for the unemployed, a head-scratching movie explained and more.

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It's that time of year again, when hundreds of Chicagoans dress in outrageous costumes, decorate supermarket shopping carts full of canned food for charity, and race around the city in the celebration of the absurd known as Chiditarod. The event's website defines it as "the annual Chicago-based phenomenon that combines elements of the Alaskan Iditarod with Chicago's finest brand of debaucherous social activism. One part food drive, one part pub-crawl, one part costumed race, all parts radtacular."

As you can see from the Viking cart, people take this thing pretty seriously. It's too late to participate, but just watching the madness (and taking part in the drinking) will be plenty fun.

What: Chiditarod
When: Starting horn sounds at 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: The "epic" starting line is at the corner of Wolcott and Hubbard.
Price: Free to watch!
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