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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Three Separate Witness Sightings in Chicago's McCook Suburb

I received a telephone call from an employee ('LL') who works at a trucking firm along US.66 (Joliet Rd.) near Rt.171 (1st. Ave) in the McCook suburb of Chicago, IL.

He stated that 2 witnesses, one a truck driver from the firm where he works, and the other who was a parcel delivery driver, had reported seeing a large being flying along the Des Plaines River near the Rt. 171 exit coming off I-55 (Stevenson Expressway).

The first sighting was on Tuesday August 22, 2017 around 4:30 PM CT. The driver told 'LL' what he had witnessed the next day. The flying being was dark brown & black with thick glistening hair on the body. The wings were bat-like, with very long arms and claws attached to the wings. The legs extended from the back and were together. The head was very small, but there was a distinct ridge that ran along the top of the head along the back. The body was quite thin and long, estimated at 6-7 ft in length. The wings were very wide and spanned at least 10 ft. It was flying along the north bank of the river near the exit overpass, flapping it's wings in a slow deliberate motion as it moved downstream. The driver was able to watch it for about 20 seconds or so after he slowed down.

The driver was not upset, but surprised by what he witnessed. He said it reminded him of a 'small dragon without a tail', and that this being was larger than any flying creature he had ever seen.

The second sighting was made by a delivery driver, who had witnessed a flying being on Monday August 28th at approximately 1:15 PM CT. The witness saw a large dark winged being fly high over the river from the same vantage point as the first driver. The description was of a 'large man with wings' that sailed high above the exit off-ramp at a height of about 200 ft. The driver observed the being from below and mentioned that it was quickly gliding west, then rapidly ascended into the sky...almost vertically. He told 'LL' that it was the size of a regular man, but with huge wide wings like that of a bat. There were no further details because of the distance. This witness had mentioned what he had told other employees at his delivery company earlier that day.

It seems that both witnesses were not aware of the sightings in the Chicago metro area. 'LL' contacted me after he Googled 'large bats in Chicago' and found my information. He mentioned that he would contact me if he hears of further sightings. I requested that he forward my contact information to the 2 drivers...both of whom I'd like to interview.

An interesting aspect to these sightings is that I had received a brief report from a woman who had witnessed a flying being at practically the same location as these 2 sightings. I received the email report from 'JP' on Wednesday August 23rd around 1:00 PM ET. It read:

Last night around 7pm we saw what we thought was the biggest bat we've ever seen. It had at least a 12ft wingspan. Its wings looked like they were attached to hand-like appendages and they were connected from the fingertips to the feet. It was flying above I-55 near 1st Avenue on the north side of the highway. It was brown with a body similar to a beaver or possum. It was about 100 feet above us so we're just guessing at the size. All we know is that it was huge. We thought nothing more of it until this morning when I saw an article about a flying humanoid creature that looks like a bat in the Chicago area. We are now certain that the creature we saw last night is the same one in article. We didn't get photos but if you want more info you can call or text us. JP

I made several attempts to contact JP, but I have not received a call-back or text. I left another message today, letting her know that there were other potential sightings in the same area. If I receive further details, I will post it here.

NOTE: Any updates will be added. These sightings have been added to the Chicago Phantom / Owlman / Mothman / Man-Bat / Flying Humanoid Reports - Chicago Metro Area - Interactive Map

Thanks to Emily Bartos of The Singular Fortean Society

Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area or nearby? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Phantom', 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'Chicago Man-Bat.' Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated. You can call me directly at 410-241-5974 as well. Thanks...Lon Strickler #ChicagoPhantom

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