@HiddenCash Stashes More Envelopes Around Chicago - NBC Chicago

@HiddenCash Stashes More Envelopes Around Chicago

Envelopes hidden at North Avenue Beach on Monday



    It was a mad dash for cash today at North Avenue Beach. NBC 5's Marion Brooks caught up with some of the Twitter treasure hunters. (Published Monday, June 16, 2014)

    The "hidden cash" Twitter craze that popped up in Chicago's Millennium Park this weekend made its way to North Avenue Beach on Monday.

    Anonymous benefactor and San Francisco real estate investor Jason Buzi, who started the Twitter handle @HiddenCash, made his way to various cities over the weekend, dropping money-filled envelopes around New York and Houston.

    Just after 11 a.m. on Monday, he tweeted a clue about envelopes stashed at the North Side beach.

    Within minutes, about 20 people were spotted searching the beach for the envelopes. One woman found one with $60 inside and said she plans to pay it forward. By noon, another envelope with $60 was found.

    After word spread Sunday that cash was hidden in envelopes around Millennium Park, city residents flocked to find it.

    Fernando Fernandez spent his morning searching for the hidden money and his hunt eventually paid off when he found an enveloped tucked underneath a bench.

    "I found $60 from Hidden Cash on Twitter," he told NBC Chicago. "It's been a great time. It's fun, really fun."

    Fernandez said he has been following the movement since it first gained popularity on the West Coast.

    Employees working in the area said they were surprised by the scavenger hunt.

    "We came to work and were setting up the concession stands and a man was screaming he was happy, really, really, happy," said Park Grill Concessions employee Cyara Tanon. "We went to go see what it was and he picked up an envelope and then he pulled out the money."

    Tanon said the man found the envelope on a set of stairs.

    "It looked like a lot," she said. "Big bills."

    But not everyone was quite as lucky.

    "We've been looking for like an hour," said Sydney Lenzini. "It's getting a little annoying, but it's money."

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