|Occurred : 3/18/2012 19:40 (Entered as : 3/18/12 19:40)
Reported: 3/18/2012 11:11:47 PM 23:11
Location: Chicago, IL
|Red lighted object over the Northside of Chicago and north suburban area.
Very clear night. My wife and I were crossing the street to visit a neighbor when we saw a bright red lighted craft coming from the south to the north. Both of us thought it was a helicopter at first because of its height but quickly realized that it was making no sound. There were other aircraft in what I would call their normal patterns heading toward and away from Ohare Airport but this one was lower than all other aircraft and on a level flight path. It passed nearly directly above us and was was, again, a solid red lit object...no other colors and no strobing or blinking as everyone other craft is outfitted with. We couldn't tell what the exact shape or size was but it was larger than a helicopter and smaller than a commercial craft. It wasn't traveling at an amazing rate of speed and continued north with a slight curve east toward Lake Michigan. At the last moment I pulled out my cell phone and snapped a couple of pictures of it because we thought it was on an intercept course with a blinking plane flying from the east but the pictures just show two light dots...of the red craft and the plane which was decidedly higher.
The red light craft continued at its constant rate and left our field of vision behind the houses and trees to our N/NE.