I was just hanging out with my friends in the alley by the panaderia (Mexican Bakery). We use the alley and the parking lot to skateboard and just hang around and talk. There were 5 of us and we saw this thing standing on top of the flea market across the parking lot. It looked like a large man but he had wings that were wider than a car. It was watching us and it had very bright red eyes that looked like the tail lights of a car. It stood there making these chirping noises that we could clearly hear, even from across the parking lot. It stood there for about a minute watching us, it made us all feel like we were in danger and that it was after us. It then shot straight into the air and flew over us, the entire time it kept watching us as it flew over. My friend wanted to run but we told him to stay still or it might chase us and it would lead it to where we lived. I silently prayed to La Virgin de Guadalupe for protection and this thing kept flying away from us and headed off in the direction of the arch. It made us all very scared and when we talked about it the next day, we felt that one of my friends’ ex-girlfriend might have sent it after us. She practices Brujeria and it just seems like something she would do. If it was meant to scare us, then it did what it was supposed to do as all of us were scared out of our wits.
The sighting took place on Sunday February 5th, 2023 at about 11:00 P.M. in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, IL
I talked to the initial witness who made the report and he stated that they usually would go out to the parking lot and alley behind La Baquette Bakery, a local bakery that has been a staple of the Little Village neighborhood for many countless years. They used the area to skateboard and was a relatively safe place to hang out without having to leave the neighborhood. They estimated that it was about 1100-1130 P.M. and it was clear and not as cold as it had been in the last few weeks. They reported a clear, moonlit night and that they were relatively alone in the parking lot.
The entity was sighted perched on the roof of the local flea market which sits on the same parking lot about 50 yards from where they were. The witness stated that it was a pitch black, humanoid shaped entity that he guessed was at least 7 feet tall but was unsure and that it had enormous wings that he stated were as wide as a car. The witness describes the creature had bright red eyes that he compared to the intensity of a car’s headlights.
The group said they felt scared, like this thing was after them and one of the group felt like running but his friends stopped him, they feared it would trigger a prey response by the entity that would have followed them home. The witness stated that it watched them from atop the building before taking flight, even in flight the entity did not take its eyes off of them and eventually flew out of sight.
When asked what the witnesses’ thoughts to this sighting were, he suggested that maybe it was sent by his friend’s ex-girlfriend. He recounted that they had broken up recently and she had been very upset over the breakup. The ex was known to be a practitioner of the Mexican witchcraft known as Brujeria.
I have reached out to the other witnesses through their friend and have yet to hear back from them, I will attempt to reach out again in a few days and any updates will be posted to the website. This sighting will be forwarded to the Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research Team for further investigation.
This witness commented on a social media post regarding the recent O’hare winged humanoid sighting and the investigator reached out to discuss her sighting from 1997-1998. This is the witness’s report of the events of her sighting.
“It was grayish/white and it happened in Iron River, Michigan (Mineral Hills) where I was born and raised…. Also there was talk of alien abduction in the 70’s-80’s where I am not discounting this has happened to myself or family.
It was like 11pm or Midnight in 1997 or 1998 and it was not a large owl – it was FAR bigger- we were about to drive down a hill and there it was out of nowhere like “swooped” down in front of car and I want to say from one wing to the end of the next likely 8-10 feet long … we both screamed and it flew into the darkness to our old mining grounds
It’s almost like it came from behind us and then swooped in front of our vehicle and all I can say is that it seemed whitish gray and I’m not sure about the legs or feet what have you
all I know is like a human kind of body, and then a humongous wingspan. Far far far larger than an owl. It is just like if my husband who is 6 foot 1 would be flying and have a huge wingspan.”
When asked by the investigator if she had previously had any encounters, the witness stated that she had not. The witness then stated that a friend of hers had reminded her that they had another encounter approximately 2 weeks after the initial encounter.
“My friend reminded me there was a second time.Within weeks of that first encounter
It was flying above our old village hall (again late at night) and immediately flew out of sight. We were almost to her house and she screamed saying “There it is again!!!”
[The entity] Then flew off
Both were very fast encounters we never investigated further”
The witness stated that there were no other encounters since then and the interview was concluded. I thanked the witness and encouraged her to reach out if she had any other details to add. If any other details arise, I will update and publish on the website as well as forward the information to the members of the Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research team.
Special thanks go to Vincent Richardson for his illustration
I was filling in at Station #2 On the fourth of July weekend, we were outside in the patio area talking and watching the distant fireworks display. As we talked we heard what sounded like a very, very loud screeching noise, it sounded like brakes on a large truck. We didn’t pay it any mind because it was probably a semi or airport maintenance vehicle that was nearby. There is a cargo terminal within sight of the station so we didn’t give it a second thought till we heard a series of clicking, rapid, loud clicking followed by that sound again. It was then that one of the others guys saw something and said “what in the fuck is that?” We looked up to see a figure in the sky, it looked like a human with wings and it had a pair of bright orange eyes. One of the firefighters said it was the infamous “Batman” and said it was seen all over the airport and the surrounding suburbs. It was only visible for about 5 seconds before it flew out of sight toward north.
Investigators Notes: This is part of the ongoing investigation looking into the initial report of a Chicago Firefighters sighting of a winged humanoid at Chicago O’Hare International airport. The witness was able to convey sightings from fellow firefighters at his station that were told to him the night of his sighting. They are being presented separately and attempts are being made to contact the original witnesses of each report. As the investigation progresses, updates will be posted to the website and passed along to the members of the Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research Team.
I was at work at station #3 at about 0245, as part of the normal routine we take the engines to get fuel at the maintenance yard. It’s about 2 miles or so one way and the entire endeavor takes about 45-60 minutes depending if you have to wait. As we were headed back, we were approaching the firehouse when we saw something move across the street, it walked in a sort of shuffle and as we approached, we saw two glowing red eyes that looked right at us and then disappeared. As we continued to approach the location our headlights fell upon a large black figure that looked like a man wearing black clothing, except he was at least 8 feet tall, super, super thin and had a large pair of bat-like wings. It took off into the air and was gone within a second or two and we lost it in the night sky. It scared the living hell out of everyone in the engine and when we got back to the firehouse, we all went outside to look for it but found nothing. It was the damndest thing I have ever seen in my life.
This is part of the ongoing investigation looking into the initial report of a Chicago Firefighters sighting of a winged humanoid at Chicago O’Hare International airport. The witness was able to convey sightings from fellow firefighters at his station that were told to him the night of his sighting. They are being presented separately and attempts are being made to contact the original witnesses of each report. As the investigation progresses, updates will be posted to the website and passed along to the members of the Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research Team.
I work for the Chicago Fire Department and have been stationed at O’Hare International airport for the last seven years. This occurred on Thursday, December 29th, at about 2300 at O’Hare Station 3, which is just past terminal two and next to the HVAC plant that sits across the street.
I was in the middle of my shift, and as usual, I would bring my laptop with me to watch movies and play games on. I was setting up my laptop when I realized that I had left my charging cord in my pickup, so I got up and ran outside to go and grab it and head back in. As I got my cord, I heard what sounded like a chirping sound, followed by what sounded like shuffling coming from nearby. I looked around and that’s when I heard the clicking coming from across the street, I looked up and standing on the edge of the HVAC plant was a very tall, thin human-like creature with huge wings that were spread out. This creature was looking directly at me with a pair of large red eyes that had the intensity of a pair of tail lights or one of the lights on the engine. It just stood there and looked at me and made this rapid clicking sound. I was in complete shock at what I was seeing and just how large this creature was and how enormous it’s wings were, they had to be close to 15 feet from tip to tip and it had to be at least 7 feet in height! The body was thin, and its limbs were very thin and long. They looked like they would be unable to support such a tall body, but apparently, looks can be deceiving from what I was looking at. We stared at each other for about 6-7 seconds before this thing flapped its wings and silently took to the air, and within a few seconds, it disappeared. I stood out there for at least a minute before coming to my senses and realizing I should get inside.
I went inside and told some of my coworkers, besides the gentle ribbing, there was also an air of caution (more than usual considering our profession). A few of them spoke up and said that this was not the first time it had been seen and that it had been seen around the HVAC plant a few times by people and around the airport by hundreds of employees, passengers and pilots. They said it had been seen by a few in the firehouse, but it never stuck around too long and was more content with just staring at you and scaring the bejesus out of people. You can’t work at O’Hare for any length of time without hearing about the O’Hare “Batman”. It’s practically a legend in and around the airport, and people always claim to see it all over the airport. We spent the better part of two hours talking about these sightings, many of my co-workers sharing their own experiences.
I was able to sit down and speak with the witness during the weekend and discovered that this witness is a ten year veteran of the Chicago fire department and has been stationed at O’Hare for the last five years and before that was in the military for over ten years. He has been a lifelong resident of the city of Chicago and has deep family roots within his community.
The witness stated that his shift began as any normal shift would and that there was nothing particularly of interest going on during that time. He did state that the weekend before had seen record-setting low temperatures and winds get caused the airport to basically shut down. The following week brought temperatures that were well above normal in the sixties and low seventies and that the sky was overcast with light drizzle coming down on the night of the sighting. The witness stated that he had brought his laptop as usual so that he could catch up on a movie that he had been watching and that he was setting up his laptop when he remembered that he forgot his charger in his truck.
He stated that he went outside and retrieved his charger from his vehicle and was on his way back inside when he heard a series of clicks and had an overwhelming feeling of being watched. The witness stated that he heard what sounded like shuffling that reminded him of one of his children dragging their feet along. He started looking around and that is when he looked to the top of the building next door that houses the heating and cooling plant for the airport. He stated that he saw a tall, thin person standing on the edge, and that person was looking directly at him with eyes that glowed a brilliant red. He stated that the entity was looking directly at him and made no motion while they had eye contact. When asked if he felt anything while staring at this entity, he stated other than obvious shock he did not feel any feeling of dread or impending doom.
When asked to describe the entity that was staring back at him he stated that It was thin and at least seven feet tall and had a pair of wings that were extended from its back he stated that the wings must have been at least fifteen feet in width and looked thin, like a thin piece of membrane. He stated that the entity had arms and legs that were very thin and abnormally long and that the entire entity was a shade of black that was so black that it stood out against the night sky. He stated that no obvious features were recognizable other than the two eyes that were brilliant red.
He stated that he entity then began to slowly flap its wings and took off by jumping off the building and flying away into the night in a southerly direction. When asked if it disappeared into the night he stated that it was visible because of the black stood out against a grey sky that was back lit by the lights of the airport for a few seconds before it was out of sight. The witness states that he stood there almost transfixed for upwards of a minute before he decided that it was prudent for him to get inside and tell somebody about what he had seen.
Once inside, the witness stated that he told his co-workers about what he had seen and even went into detail as to the description of this entity. He stated that besides the usual ribbing that he is used to from his coworkers, there was a palpable air of disbelief among those in the firehouse. The witness stated that he was told by his coworkers that the entity is dubbed the O’Hare “Batman” by some at the airport and that it has been seen by members of the firehouse multiple times. The entity seems to like perching itself on the HVAC building and observing the comings and goings of the firehouse and startling the members who work there.
The witness stated that he was told multiple stories by his coworkers of sightings and encounters with this winged entity. I documented all of them and have my contact information to the witness to pass along to his coworkers in hopes that they will come forward. I will detail these other sightings in another report to be published soon.
My father and I had just left the La Burbuja grocery store and were crossing 32nd to go toward my car when we heard what sounded like a baby crying out. We thought it was maybe one of the neighbors’ babies but then my father said “Mira Mija!” and was pointing toward the house across the street. I looked and saw a thin black figure perched on the brick fence post and looking directly at us. This thing was dark, dark black it actually looked like it was absorbing the light around it. It was very easy to make out the body, the wings and the long pointed tail that it swished around much like a cat does when it is interested in something. The eyes were the most striking feature as they were glowing bright red and were locked directly on my father and myself.
I was frozen in fear and the only thing going through my mind was how to defend my elderly father if this thing decided to attack us. I could care less about myself but my father is 70 years old and not able to move or defend himself if he was attacked. I could hear my father praying and asking La Virgin de Guadalupe for protection and to send this thing away. I managed to tell my father that we needed to get into the car as quickly as possible where we could be safe. I pressed the button to the remote and the horn chirped as the alarm was deactivated and the doors unlocked. At the sound of the horn chirping this thing opened its wings and stood up on the fence post and chirped back at us. It took off and hovered for a few seconds, its wings flapping and making a light whoosh sound. My father and Idove into the relative safety of the car as this thing flew away and was gone from our sight
This thing was maybe 3-4 feet tall and thin but its wings were large and maybe 10 feet when spread apart. They looked a lot like bat wings, no feathers were visible as it was jet black. We drove straight home and my father told my mother and my sister about our encounter with this thing and what had happened. My mother said it was probably a bruja disguised as a lechuza and that we were lucky we were not attacked, either way she refused to let anyone out of the house for the rest of the night.
Investigators Notes: The encounter happened on October 25, 2022 in Little Village – Chicago, IL at about 8 p.m.
I spoke with both witnesses, the father was quite reluctant to discuss the matter for fear of invoking the entity and bringing it back to attack him. The father spoke mostly through the daughter and I assured him that I understood if he was hesitant to speak regarding this incident. The daughter retold her story and said they had gone to the neighborhood grocery store to get a few grocery items and they were leaving the store and walking toward her car when this incident occurred.
When asked about the creature, she said it was small and thin but that the wings were very noticeable as it sat on the fence post. She said it had a long, pointed tail that it moved as it observed them, the witness saying it reminded her of her cat and how it moves its tail when interested or observing something. She described the eyes as very large and glowing a bright red but that the face lacked any visible features except the eyes. She noted that as they observed it, it remained in complete darkness almost as if it was observing the surrounding light into itself in order to remain invisible. She noted that there was a street light right in front of its position and even that failed to illuminate the creature. She stated that when it took off, that it was thin and that it hovered in place while looking at them and making a sound that sounded like a cross between a baby crying and a cat hissing but much, much louder. The witness stated that she and her father dove into the car and that this entity flew north and was quickly out of sight.
This sighting is one of several that have been reported in the past out of Little Village, in Chicago, IL and this entity so far has been the smallest one reported by a witness. It is also not the first entity to be reported as a Lechuza, which lends to the very heavy Hispanic population that makes up the Little Village neighborhood. This sighting report will be forwarded to the Phantoms and Monsters Fortean Research team for further investigation.
Date of Sighting: August 2, 2022 Time of Sighting: Approximately 2030 Location of Sighting: Bensenville, Illinois Number of Witnesses: Two
Investigation Status: Active
I was out with my boyfriend for our nightly walk around the walking trail at Redmond Reservoir. We live in the apartment complex directly across the street from the park and do nightly walks around the walking trail to get some exercise. Tonight we were on our second time around and were approaching the wooden bridge at the top of the path when we spotted what we thought was a large bird landing by the trees on the other side of the bridge. I told my boyfriend about what I saw and he told me it might be some geese we had seen earlier when we got home from work. Seeing geese was not unusual as we see and hear them all the time during the spring and summer months. As we continued to walk, we were engrossed in our conversation as we walked over the bridge when we heard a very loud screeching sound, like the sound a large owl makes, only much, much louder. We then saw the same large bird taking off, only this time the bird had much larger wings and arms and legs that looked more like a person than any bird I had ever seen. From where we stood it looked like it was about 6 feet tall, much taller than a goose and it had large black bat-like wings. It took off and headed over the reservoir and headed toward and over the apartment building and out of sight. The lady that screamed had booked it and was running toward her car and we stood there trying to see if we could find it again before we continued walking and headed toward home. It took off and flew much, much faster than I’ve ever seen any bird fly and it covered the distance from the parking lot, across the reservoir and the park and over the apartment building in the matter of seconds. I have never seen any bird fly that fast. It was very spooky to see this thing and at the same time fascinating.
I reached out to the witness and was able to talk to her on the phone. She stated that she and her boyfriend have lived at the apartment complex for 2 years now and have never seen anything like this before. She confirmed the date of the sighting as August 2nd and the time as about 8:30 P.M. She described the entity seen as standing approximately six feet tall and thinly built from where she was standing on the trail. She estimated the distance to the entity as 30 feet but that was only her estimate as the entity was in flight when she got a look at it. When asked for any features, she stated that she could not make out any other than the thin legs, arms and wings and that the color was dark black and that it stood out against the sky. When asked about the screech she heard, she said it sounded like a barn owl, an animal she grew up with and was familiar with. The witness said the sound was much, much louder and that the entity seen was far larger than the barn owls she said she grew up seeing. The witness also said that the entity seen by her and her boyfriend flew much faster than any barn owl she had seen and when asked about the distance it covered she estimated it took all of 5-7 seconds to cover the distance of maybe 3-4 football fields in distance.
The second witness was not available and my contact information was left with the initial witness to pass along to her boyfriend.
A field investigation will be conducted and pictures and measurements will be taken. The information will be posted to the website. This is still an ongoing investigation and the case will be passed on to the Phantom and Monsters Fortean Research Team and they will be updated with further information.
Date of Sighting: May 17, 2022 Time of Sighting: Approximately 1600 Location of Sighting: Bensenville, Illinois Number of Witnesses: Two
Status of Investigation: Active
I was outside in my backyard and preparing for a family cookout with my daughter when we both saw what I can only describe as three human shaped objects that looked like they had wings flying overhead. It looked like they were all flying in circles about 60-70 feet above us and moving toward the expressway to the west of us. My daughter took out her camera and tried her best to take video of the flying people but they did come out a bit grainy and unfocused. She and I were talking about how we had both been hearing about the Mothman that seemed to haunt O’Hare and since the airport is only about a mile and half down Irving Park Road, It seemed logical to me that this could be the same thing. We kept watching them until they were no longer able to be seen and I asked her to please send me the video. I know it’s not much but I tried my best but I’m an electrician and I’m not a professional photographer. I can tell you that these were not planes and there were no planes in the area and since we are accustomed to seeing planes landing, they pass over our house at very low altitude and would have been very plain to see and hear in great detail. I have lived at this house for over 10 years and we are quite used to seeing these planes as they come in to land at the airport. These flying things were too high up and too small to be mistaken for any sort of aircraft. You didn’t need to be an expert to make out their shapes as roughly humanlike and what appeared to be wings, it could have been birds but these birds would have been pretty large if they were.
I reached and spoke with the witness via phone and he recounted the incident to me. It was on Tuesday May 17th at about 4 P.M. when the witness says the incident was happening and he was in the process of preparing his backyard patio for the summer and an upcoming cookout. His 15 year old daughter was assisting him that day and was present when the incident took place. The witness stated that they looked up and saw three winged humanoids approximately 60 feet up in the air and they were circling overhead “Like buzzards do” as described by the witness. The daughter attempted to take video of the entities and that was submitted to UFO Clearinghouse along with the witness sighting.
The witness stated that he was certain it was not a plane or any other sort of powered aircraft and stated that the area he lives in is in-line with the nearby O’Hare international Airport runways and he is used to seeing planes fly overhead on final approach to land at the airport. He stated that they are extremely low in altitude and clearly visible in great detail and make a lot of noise as they fly overhead. The witness stated that these objects were too small and too high up to be planes and were completely silent when they flew overhead. The witness stated that he and his daughter watched as they flew out of sight and toward the west and route 83 which is on an overpass approximately 2 blocks from his house. When asked if he had seen anything similar to this the witness stated he had not and this was his first time seeing anything, although they had heard the reports coming from O’Hare airport about the string of winged humanoid sightings that have happened there in the past.
It is highly recommended that an investigator be dispatched to the area to gather photographic and video evidence and conduct a field investigation. The witness stated that he and his daughter would be open to talking to an investigator face to face if they were available. It is the investigators opinion that the case merits further investigation and that it be forwarded to the Phantom and Monsters Fortean Research Team for further investigation. Once a field investigation is conducted all details will be posted to the UFO Clearinghouse website for further analysis.
The original video appears to be a short 4 second long video of the alleged entities seen in the above sighting. Screenshots and digital zooms have been made of each individual object seen in the video.
Date of Sighting: May 13, 2022 Time of Sighting: Approximately 1900 Location of Sighting: Bensenville, Illinois
Number of Witnesses: One Status of Investigation: Under Investigation
I work for Amazon as a delivery driver and I was doing my delivery route at about 7 p.m. on May 13th In Bensenville, Illinois on Center Street just south of West Green Street. I had just finished dropping off a couple of boxes at a residence and was walking back to my van when I heard a chirping sound followed by a series of clicks that came in quick succession. I thought at first that it sounded like a woodpecker and that is what I dismissed it as until I heard the same sequence again and it sounded like it was coming from behind me. I turned to look and heard the sound again, I looked toward the sound and I could not believe my eyes. There on top of the house next door was a tall thin winged person who was looking directly at me. It looked like a giant flying insect but must have been at least 6-7 feet tall. I initially jumped and as I watched it took off straight into the air and just flat out disappeared out of sight. I looked around hoping it had flown out into the trees but never saw it again. I walked back to my van and kept looking up hoping to see it again but did not and the rest of my route was uneventful.
An investigator has reached out to the witness and is awaiting a response. Once further information has been obtained it will be posted to the website. This case has also been forwarded to the Phantom and Monsters Fortean Research Team for further investigation.
I was out for a walk with my fiancé, enjoying the warm weather after so much cold. We were out by the basketball courts next to Tioga Elementary when we saw what looked like a large person standing ON TOP of the building that was behind the playground. It looked like a tall person wearing what looked like a cape. This person then jumped off the building and the cape turned out to be wings which it opened up and used to fly over us and out over the field and away. It was the damndest thing we had ever seen and really scary.
An investigator for UFO Clearinghouse has reached out to the witness and we are awaiting a response. We will update the site as soon as more information is obtained.