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Occurred : 7/14/2011 17:03 (Entered as : 07/14/11 17:03)
Reported: 7/14/2011 3:53:14 PM 15:53
Posted: 7/17/2011
Location: Chicago, IL
Shape: Oval
Duration:25 seconds
Very large white oval travelling at 300 miles per hour spotted over Chicago

I live just west of Wrigleyville on Chicago’s north side. At the time and date specified I was looking through the south-facing window of my top floor apartment. The weather was clear with only high wispy cirrus clouds.

I noticed an oval-shaped object which was quite some distance away, almost due south (SSE), and travelling westerly, with a color of white much like a cloud. I would estimate the object to be three to four miles distant, and its size to be at about five or six jumbo jets in length. Its height was approximately half its length. The ends of the oval-shaped object appeared to be perfect semi-circles in shape, while the top and bottom were flat and horizontal, much like the “Begin” and “End” shapes on a flowchart symbol template.

Since I live near Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs play, I first assumed it to be an advertising blimp. Wrigley Field often employs a blimp to circle the field with a promotional message during games. But the object was as far distant south from Wrigley Field as I was (at least three miles), and though at first I did not think much of the object, what caught my attention was the enormous speed it would have to be travelling-much too fast to be a blimp. Using my estimate as to distance and size of object, I estimate the object to have been travelling at about 300 miles per hour. I will emphasize again that the object was very large.

When the westward-travelling object got due south of me it made a gradual left turn and headed due south so I was viewing it end on. It continued travelling south, but instead of slowly getting smaller with distance it seemed to quickly (within two seconds) fade from my sight altogether, which I thought was strange.

Note: I checked the Cubs schedule and they will be playing at home against the Florida Marlins starting at 7:05 p.m. tonight, some two hours after my sighting.

I went outdoors at 5:30 p. m. to check for an advertising blimp, but found none.