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Occurred : 7/1/2001 11:00 (Entered as : 07/01/2001 11:00 AM)
Reported: 1/17/2005 4:55:25 PM 16:55
Posted: 1/19/2005
Location: Chicago, IL
Shape: Sphere
Duration:5 seconds
Sphere seen from atop a high rise building

I must say that I always scoffed at those who claimed to have seen UFO's. Nevertheless, my former asiistant and myself, were 500 feet in the air on the rooftop of a 50 story high rise where I have been employed in building maintenance for 22 years. This was in the heart of downtown Chicago. We were checking out the chemtrails left by some tankers that were spraying the area on that morning, ( another story entirely) when we simultaneously noticed a mettalic looking round ball sitting to the left of a very small cloud about 300 feet above us, but out over lake Michigan. We were inland about two city blocks from the lakefront, and I estimate the object to have been at the lakes edge, or directly above Lakeshore drive. As we pointed towards it, the object slowly moved behind a very small cloud, the only cloud around, and then appeared to go straight up. This was only about a 5 to 10 second viewing, and once it was behind the cloud, it's upward motion which we detected for only a second, yeilded to a complete absense of the object. Nothing speedy about it, it just appeared to briefly go upward behind this very small cloud, and then disappeared.

We were both sober, and both kind of feeling funny about the viewing. We joked that we had better not tell anyone, but of course we did. It was forgotten about over time as it was really not that much of a sighting. Very bland and very brief.

I would have never reported it if I hadn't come across the opportunity to do so here.

In summary, we were 500 feet in the air and observed this metallic colored round ball. When we pointed to it and gazed at it, it moved behind a small cloud as if to hide itself from our view. We stayed on the roof another 10 minutes or so and it never re-appeared.

Boring perhaps, but quite true. I'm not saying what it was, or was not. I dont know one way or the other. Also, the object was totally silent.