Chicago Flying Humanoid Sightings 'Have Not Gone Unnoticed' by City Government, Claims Witness

A witness emailed Manuel Navarette of UFO Clearinghouse on Saturday, August 12th to report a "giant owl" flying over Lake Michigan off of Chicago's Ohio Street Beach.  The witness asked for anonymity, claiming that they were a member of the city government's administrative staff--a position that they said gave them knowledge of the fact that the recently reported sightings of an unidentified flying humanoid in the city "have not gone unnoticed" by local politicians and city staff, but that they "do not want the increasing number of sightings to jeopardize the summer and potentially scare away tourist[s]."

The reported sighting occurred at about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10th, according to the email.

I wish to report an incident that I had on Thursday had about 7:30 p.m. in Chicago. I was out walking my dog and was watching storm clouds as they were coming in. It was then that I saw what I can only describe as a big owl that was in the sky above the lake just offshore of Ohio street beach. It was flying in a circular pattern and look like it was riding thermals as it was not using its wings much to keep it aloft but only gliding. I watched it for about a minute before it dipped down toward the shore and was out of sight.

I waited around for about 5 minutes even walking the half block over toward Lake Shore Drive to see if I could maybe see something from that vantage point. I saw nothing else and then headed home as there was a storm approaching and did not want to be caught outside in the rain. I had heard a lot stories regarding these sightings but never thought I would have one myself.

I did not see a lot of details other than it was a black thing with wings. It was large as it stood out against the sky and you could tell that it was using its wings in flight. I try to rule out a larger than normal seagull or maybe somebody hang-gliding, but none seemed to fit what I had seen.

I’m  reporting this to you to add to your growing list sightings within the city. I asked that I do not be contacted in regards to this or that my name not is used. The reason being that I work for the city of Chicago within city government as administrative staff and do not want this to get out and potentially jeopardizing my job. I am very sincere in my sighting and wish to share it with you but cannot risk losing what has taken many years to accomplish.

I can tell you that these sightings have not gone unnoticed and have garnered much attention but there are powers to be that do not want the increasing number of sightings to jeopardize the summer and potentially scare away tourist but please know that these sightings have not gone unnoticed within City Hall.

Thank you for your time and your attention and I hope that my siding helps add a piece to the puzzle of what is going on in this city.

The sighting itself is reminiscent of previous sightings of an owl-like being seen flying over the lakefront.

Rumors of a cover-up have circulated since a police report supposedly filed by an officer present at a sighting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood failed to surface.  Some investigators say they've spoken to city employees who claim that the city government could be attempting to hide the sightings.

"I receive anywhere from 10-20 calls daily from people who live and work in the Chicago metro area. People are very concerned by these sightings...and I always attempt to dispel any theory that this being is a portent of disaster or bad tidings. In the process of taking telephone calls and emails from the good people of Chicago, some of the inquiries have come from city workers and citizens with ties to local government. So the statement made by the witness, 'these sightings have not gone unnoticed within City Hall' doesn't surprise me. If this is actually a fact, then we can only assume that the City of Chicago has more knowledge of this flying humanoid than we do," said Lon Strickler of Phantoms and Monsters.

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."

To report a sighting, reach out to us directly at The Singular Fortean Society through our contact page.

You can view a timeline of the sightings so far here, and an interactive map here.

Tobias Wayland