Couple Visiting Chicago 'Startled' by Flying Humanoid

(Emily Wayland / Singular Fortean Society)

(Emily Wayland / Singular Fortean Society)

According to Lon Strickler of Phantoms and Monsters, he was contacted by email on Thursday, August 10th, regarding a flying humanoid sighting in Chicago that occurred Wednesday night.

"I received a brief email today (Thursday 8/10 - 3:45PM ET) from a witness in Chicago. I was asked to call them for further I responded with a telephone call at 4:10PM ET," said Strickler in his blog.

The witness, 'AG' and her husband (who live in the Washington, DC suburbs), are in Chicago visiting her parents, who live at 1400 Lake Shore Dr. She was born and raised in Chicago and went to college there also.

Last night (Wednesday 8/9/2017) at approximately 9:20PM CT, the witness and her husband were returning to her parent's residence after taking a brief walk along N. Lake Shore Dr. (walking south). As they approached E. Schiller St. they noticed something large & dark flying towards them from their left (from the direction of Lake Michigan). Both witnesses were startled, as the flying anomaly crossed ahead of them at an altitude of 20 or so feet. They watched the anomaly sweep upwards, over the trees in front of 1400 N. Lake Shore Dr., then stop in mid-air after it reached a height just a few stories from the top of the building. It hovered with a large pair of wings for approximately 5 seconds, as it seemed to be focus on the windows in front of it. It then bent backwards and fell into a dive down towards the trees.

The witnesses hurriedly walked in the direction of the intersection and then turned right onto E. Schiller St., quickly walking towards the entrance to the condominium building. Then suddenly, the large winged being slowing descended in front of them, no more than 25 feet away. It hovered about 5 feet above the sidewalk, with it's wing spread open, as it peered at the couple with large bright red eyes that slowly altered back and forth in intensity. Several people on the other side of the street, including a delivery van driver, reacted with screams and frightened yelps. The winged being hovered for 10 seconds, then quickly pulled the wings into its body and shot up quickly into the night sky. There was no sound, other than a rush of air as the being flew upwards.

The witness 'AG' described the winged being as 'human-like' with a small head that narrowed at the top. It had legs like a human with long feet that tapered. Neither witness noticed any arms. The body was 5-6 feet in height and it had wide wings that resembled the top wings of a butterfly, attached along the body. The illumination from the building entrance could be seen through the wings, so it looked to be made of a skin or membrane. The wing span was easily 10+ feet. The legs pulsated as it hovered in the air. The overall color was very a deep bluish-green. The skin on the body may have been moist, since it was shiny. The eyes were large compared to the head size...slightly slanted, and alternated back and forth in brightness. It made no noise, other than a slight humming from the pulsating legs. Both witnesses stated that they felt 'a vibration that emanated from the being.'

The witness did see at least one camera flash come from across the street. Neither witness was able to retrieved their phones...the fear and shock was too profound during the encounter. AG stated that she literally 'fell to her knees' after the incident, and that her husband had to assist her the rest of the way. Neither witness has slept more than an hour or two since their encounter 18 hours previous.

The witness' description of their experience mirrors the dread present in both the Oz Park and Bolingbrook sightings, and by all accounts the witnesses were deeply disturbed by their encounter.

"The witness' statement by telephone was quite dramatic and detailed. I'll admit, she freaked me out a bit," said Strickler. "This encounter/sighting, to date, offers the best description of this flying humanoid. The witness' husband talked briefly, but he acted like he'd rather not say too much. The witnesses were suppose to fly home today, but they have delayed their departure for a few days. AG told me 'I'm just not ready to get on an airplane right now.'"

It remains to be seen if any of the other witnesses will come forward, or if a picture will surface as a result of the encounter.

This sighting is the latest in a string of such sightings in the Chicago area.  Most of the sightings have taken place near the lakefront within a few miles of Lake Michigan, although there are some starting to come from the suburbs surrounding Chicago.  The sightings generally take place in the evening or at night, often in or near a park and around water, and witnesses consistently describe a large, bat or bird-like creature with humanoid features; although in one case the creature was reportedly "insect-like."

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Tobias Wayland