CHICAGO (CBS) — When Ellen DeGeneres gives her followers an order, they listen.

Ellen DeGeneres had plans for Chicago on Tuesday (October 1), instructing her followers on Facebook and Twitter to go to Cloud Gate — the public sculpture in Millennium Park more commonly known as “the Bean” — at 4pm.

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Ellen’s full Facebook message read, “Chicago- I want you to dress in a way to make someone smile, & make it interesting! Meet at the Bean at 4pm. There’s a big prize at stake.”

Her followers listened, and stormed Cloud Gate in their wackiest costumes. This included a lot of pink, someone dressed as a giant Elmo and even someone dressed as a giant banana.

The crowd that gathered under orders from Ellen DeGeneres.

The crowd that gathered under orders from Ellen DeGeneres.

Once there, the huge crowd found a camera and a truck transmitting their images straight to Ellen. They were also given instructions to wait till 6 pm.

Her tweets gave a clue as to what might happen.

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At 3:51 yesterday she tweeted, “Chicago is my kind of town, and it’s almost time to toddle on over to the Bean to be on my show. Someone’s gonna win big.”

Then, an hour later, she wrote: “I understand Chicago. You don’t need $10,000. But if you do, you can still get to The Bean and you can still win.”

What happened next?

The Chicagoans that were the best dressed were asked to sing a song. Up for stakes? $10,000 dollars.

Ellen didn’t leave the other contestants empty handed though. Even the losers walked away with $1,000 dollars.

That Ellen, she’s one nice lady.

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