Last Saturday night, at 35th & Western, a woman reportedly saw "UFOS" flying in formation about 8PM. She took a video with her cell phone as evidence. The video is low quality, but it made the ABC 7 news.
There are plenty of bloggers running with this, but here is my two cents. As soon as I found out the location, I knew it wasn't all that far from Midway Airport. I checked Google Maps to find out exactly how far.
You will have to zoom out on this map to get 35th & Western and Midway. Okay, Every night between 5-8 PM, the sky over Valparaiso gets crowded with air traffic heading into Chicago's airports. The airplanes are pretty much lined up along on one of two flight patterns; one to Midway, and one to O'Hare.
This video looks a lot like what I see from home as air traffic starts their approach to Chicago. Flying objects lined up near Midway airport?!? It MUST be an alien spacecraft!!!
Really? And the media is buying into this? Oh, wait. The media bought into the "Super Moon," too. Come on, now. Think about the LOGICAL possibilties before jumping to some crazy conclusion...
Chicago Astronomer Joe Guzman was observing near Adler Planetarium at the time this happened. I had thought about joining him that night, but decided against it at the last minute. I'm curious to see what, if anything, Joe has to say about this. I will update if Joe has thoughts or observations (or click on the link above to follow the thread I started on Chicago Astronomer).
Update: April 5, 2011 12:45 PM
I originally found this story on Facebook through Miss Flying Saucer, though I haven't seen anything posted yet on her blog. Although I didn't quote it directly above, Mystery History TV was the site that I gathered the most information about this story.
Today, Gerry, friend of Chicago Astronomers, posted a Yahoo News story debunking the UFO hypothesis. It seems that an organization rallying against child abuse set free several "sky lanterns" only a few blocks away.
This video from eye witness Nicole Dragozetich is better than the video from the news broadcast above.