Chicago Residents Report Possible UFO Sighting

Updated 12:55 p.m. 4/3/11

CHICAGO (CBS) – Some residents on Chicago’s Southwest Side reported seeing what appeared to be UFOs flying over the city Saturday night. Now, the “Unidentified Flying Objects” may have been identified.

What was a UFO is now, apparently, just an FO.

It was about 8 p.m. when Nicole Dragozetich stopped her car to look at several lights moving across the sky near 35th and Western.

“I was just going to a local restaurant to pick up food, and as I was driving I saw residents out in front of their house, staring up in the sky.”

So she had a look.

“You could see them – just moving down the street. And they took form. At one point, it looked like an arrow.”

Orange, spherical objects, she says, at first symmetrical and then changing in shape.

Dragozetich thought: UFO.

But at roughly 7:30 p.m., an organization called the Baby James Foundation was scheduled to release several “sky lanterns” at 37th and Archer – as part of their 3rd annual rally against child abuse.

A representative of the organization says he believes they were the source of the “UFOs.”

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  • Todd

    Jim nailed it…

  • colette


  • Charles H Rooney Jr

    You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just entered the light from the sky between full night and sunrise and will end between sunset and full night produced by diffusion of sunlight through the
    atmosphere and its dust. At this moment is where the alien will lust….

    • Todd

      Nice piece of writing, Charles.

  • Mike D.

    I saw an orange light in the sky just north of Buffalo Grove on Thusday the 31st. It happened between 11:15 & 11:22 P.M.
    The orange light darted off in an “S” shape leaving a trail of light behind it and then simply vanished. It made no sound at all. It’s movement seemed almost organic in nature.
    I saw a commercial plane heading toward the area where I saw it just after the orange light vanished, so I’m wondering if the pilot saw it as well.

  • Mark Williams

    Maybe they heard that Charlie Sheen was gonna be in town and they came to take him back home.

  • Julia Greer Moreno

    These were sky lanterns released through the Baby James Foundation in honor of child abuse Angels.

  • Fast Ed

    Someone needs to let the news people know (about the sky lanterns).

  • BabyGirl73


    • cubsuk

      Why are you yelling ?

  • Gerald Spencer

    Why on earth, no pun intended, would anyone “call the police?” Would the police department arrest them? Was there some “crime” being perpetrated? What could police possibly do? It is like when people phone 911 during an earthquake and ask what happened. Why? “Well, Ma’am, there are these tectonic plates and dents and stuff in the rock underground, and. . .” The fact that police didn’t receive reports is meaningless.

  • necrondi

    LMAO! Maybe we should pay them to abduct Quinn.

  • Philip Skonieczny

    The F22 Raptor was developed in the early ’80’s. America didn’t know about it till the late ’90’s. Always blame the government for new things they test “at night.” If they wanted you to see it, they’d fly ’em during the day. Conspiracy theorists go back to sleep.

  • mun

    You’re so right, Jim! I will leave soon too!

  • Mike

    Lanterns were released at 3793 S, Archer. That’s only a few blocks away from where the “UFOs” were sighted. Mystery solved.

    • Rosie

      Post that link on the channel 7 story too cause some guy is saying its not sky lanterns on the comments over there.

    • R. Rica'do Bates

      O.K. Then. Let’s say I do believe you and those were your laterns But how did you get them to change their shapes!.

      • Shawn

        Excedllent point!… I think I know what they were!… You have to listen to Farrakhan. Out of everything that they have called Him, they have never called him a liar!…. Listen to what He has to say…

        this explains what those lights were..

  • Mike

    Maybe it’s swamp gas.

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  • mike

    “Beam me up. There is NO intelligent life on THIS planet.”

  • Doug

    Of COURSE they saw a UFO! When will people, including the media, learn that UFO stands for “Unidentified Flying Object”? It does NOT stand for “Intelligently controlled craft from another planet”. Normal people often see things in the sky they can’t readily ID. I’m guessing the last thing on their list of UFO possibles is a spaceship.

  • Gradeschoolstuff

    How does something “appear to be a UFO?” Either it is or it isn’t. If somebody sees something in the sky and says, “Hey, look at that airplane.” it’s not a UFO. If they look up and say, “What the heck is that?” it’s a UFO. The phrase was coined by an Air Force guy in about 1952.

  • Gradeschoolstuff

    Sorry….Guess I should have pointed out, UFO means Unidentified Flying Object.

  • Weez

    ok, I am going to play devil’s advocate here… I saw other people’s videos too so what I don’t get about the sky lanterns is, how can they move so erradically and move up and down so quickly… I am not familiar with these things, but that doesnt seem to make sense to me… Also, I looked at the foundation from the link someone posted, and it says the lanterns were released at 7 pm, but people who shot the videos said they saw them between 8:15-8:20 pm…

  • Larry

    See how silly people get when they want to believe something is alien. Ridiculous.

  • Bob

    Yea I’m sure those were “Sky Lanterns” You know that would have to be a pretty big fire in the sky to be seen that well from that far away. But its ok, just dismiss the fact that a UFO was spotted and live your “Nothing bad will happen lifestyle”. Closedminded fools.

  • concernedformyairsafety

    If they were sky lanterns, that makes me nervous knowing they were releasing them near an airport… that doesn’t sound too safe…

  • R. Rica'do Bates

    I still need to know how you guys got those lanterns to change shapes. Do you realize the magnitude of your discovery? Ca-Ching!


    • shawn

      this explains what those lights were..

  • Karl Andrews

    all you folks above, don’t forget to drink your Kool-ade !!!!

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