A witness contacted Lon Strickler of Phantoms and Monsters less than two hours after reportedly seeing a strange, insect-like flying humanoid on Chicago’s Willis Tower at approximately 5:10 p.m. CST on July 24th.

According to Strickler:

“I received a telephone call from the witness (Guillermo) at 7:38 PM ET who states that he witnessed a flying human-like being at approximately 5:10 PM CT. This was a time difference of 1 hour 18 mins between the sighting and the call. The witness states he was attempting to calm down and then find somewhere to report this sighting. He found my telephone number online and then called. He still seemed somewhat distressed when we talked.

The witness states that he was outside the Franklin Tap on 325 S. Franklin St. while smoking a cigarette. He was alone at the time, though there were many people walking along the sidewalk. He happened to look up towards the Willis Tower (at 233 S. Wacker Dr.), and noticed a human-like figure standing near the top of the building. In a perched position, the being looked like a 6 foot human with tall wings that extended a few feet above the body. As he watched, the being leaped off the building, stretched out the wings, dipped and swooped upwards. It gained altitude as it flapped its wings and headed off in a northern direction.

The witness states that the being’s outstretched wings were not very large, maybe 6-8 from tip-tip, but were very jagged and insect-like (shaped similar to a moth). The being was also dark green in color and had a body form like that of a mantis. The legs seemed to be human-like and extended beyond the body while flying. He called it a ‘human, insect and bird mix’…that seemed to mutate while in flight.

The witness tells me that he had not heard of any of the previous sightings, and that other people he talked to were unaware of the sightings as well. I asked the witness to stay in touch…I have his contact information.”

This sighting is distinct from the others so far in that it depicts an insect-like being in contrast to the usually bat or bird-like creature reported by witnesses.

This is the seventeenth sighting to be reported in Chicago so far in 2017.  All of the sightings have taken place in the lakefront area within a few miles of Lake Michigan.  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 clearly in this case the witness description deviates from the norm.  So far no pictures or video have been forthcoming.

To report a sighting, contact Lon Strickler at [email protected] or call him directly at 410-241-5974; or fill out UFO Clearinghouse’s contact form.

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

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