UFO sighting in Chicago?

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WGN received several tips and photos about possible UFO sightings in the Chicago area Thursday.

Viewer @FeliciaCago from Logan Square took the above video of what she believes could be a UFO.


Screen shot from @FeliciaCago’s possible UFO sighting video

Peter Davenport, the director of the National UFO Reporting Center, said the center is overwhelmed with calls from across the nation with reports of seeing the same figures: a cluster of orange, red or yellow lights.

On July 4, 2013, Davenport said he received 50 UFO reports over the span of 12-15 hours from across the country claiming to have seen a similar light cluster.

According to The Mutual UFO Network, there were at least four UFO reports in Illinois.

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  • Adam

    We saw this 'object' near Wicker Park last night. Sorry to disappoint but it was a Chinese lantern. It was much lower to the ground when we saw it so I'm 99.99% sure.

  • tanisha y.

    We were releasing sky lanterns at around 1030pm – 11pm last night in humboldt park.Sorry for the freakout.It was amazing!!

    • Adam

      Haha, yeah we were at North & Western so that makes sense. We thought it was cool, funny others mistook it for UFO's!

  • Judy

    Me, my daughter and some friends released a 5 feet lantern from Elmwood park around 11:15 pm it was beautiful we made a wish and let it go. No UFO. funny THING I SAID TO THEM WATCH THE NEWS

  • Lil Gypsy

    These are DRONES. Wake up peeps, they are everywhere now. Throw in the infrared cameras, everything you do is transparent (unlike our government).

  • jose

    we saw a ufo similar in mexico in the mountains that was no chinese lanterns 3 days later we saw a black flying saucer 1000 feet high…..

  • Lea

    We saw 2 red/orange lights about cloud level, and they were much larger than a lantern. I am southwest of the city and they were moving northeast. I am not one who usually believes in "UFO's" but i dont know what they were. They disappeared into the clouds after we watched them for about 2 minutes. At first we thought they were planes, but there were no flashing lights, they were lower than most planes, they were circular, and there were 2 of them – one following directly behind the other. Since they were not coming from the city, and I am pretty sure they were not lanterns, does anyone have any other explanations??

  • Duh

    Ill admit, my first thought was a chinese lantern. But these didnt look like lanterns ive seen/lit off myself in the past. And how would these Chinese lanterns made it across the country?…I guess calls everywhere could’ve been that but why the sudden thought this year that they’re UFOs when people light them all the time.

    Saw it again last night in wicker park and this is when I realized it couldn’t be Chinese lanterns. This time there were 2…one light appeared to “wait” for the other to catch up (about a minute, stationary in 1 spot…not possible of a Chinese lantern) then the objects touched for about 20 seconds and then drifted a bit & both continued to travel northwest, and seemed to travel upwards/higher as well.

  • Christine

    A friend of mine in Australia posted a video and they even said that it was not a Chinese lantern as that is what it looked like. What they video taped looked just like this.

  • ZooTV8

    I totally saw this on 7/4 at around 11:00 PM in south Libertyville; I watched it for more than three minutes. I started as a bright red light (a helicopter nearing Condell Hospital?) at about 2K feet, moving slowly without noise or blinking, due south to magnetic north, taking altitude before beginning to twinkle as it got very very high and disappeared as a small dot around what appeared to be about 40K feet. I made my mother-in-law come outside to see it too. No sound. No flash.

    Ironically, on Saturday afternoon, I found an four-foot long orange Chinese paper lantern in my back yard bushes.

    Then, on Sunday, we saw another downed Chinese lantern, this one green, on the side of the road on Route 60 in Vernon Hills, IL.

    Ha-ha. Nice job, southern suburbs!

  • skeptic

    Tom Skilling has been talking a lot lately about air masses of different temperatures mixing due to convection- perhaps the Chinese lanterns are encountering some turbulence? Especially the ones seen near the lake, and the ones seen disappearing into clouds.

  • Kelly

    my husband and I also saw the same thing in southern Illinois. husband was too shaky to take clear video(he was freaking out) , but many of our friends saw them as well. very weird.

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