Founder of the website Phantoms & Monsters, recently received an intriguing account from a witness who claimed to have seen a mysterious flying humanoid in Waukegan, Illinois. Waukegan, a city located on the northern edge of Chicago’s metropolitan area, is directly adjacent to Lake Michigan and is bordered to the west by the County Forest Preserve and to the northeast by the Illinois Beach Nature Preserve.
According to the witness, they and five of their family members were on a day trip to the lakefront in Waukegan on a sunny day in August of 2020. The group was trying to clear their minds and cope with the recent loss of a loved one and the stress of the ongoing pandemic. As they were exploring a new area of the lakefront, they spotted a wingless humanoid flying over Market Street, just south of the Waukegan Harbor and 500 feet from Lake Michigan. The time was around 2 p.m.
The witness stated that the figure appeared to be about six to seven feet long and resembled a human-like being with a small head. It had no visible wings, but the body was well-defined, with contours of chest muscles visible even though the figure was solid black in color. The speed of the figure was not constant, as it would hover occasionally. The witness claimed that the figure seemed to be a living being, as the legs and arms appeared to change position while it was in flight.
The witness mentioned that they had heard stories of winged humanoids in the area and had previously joked with their family members about the possibility of seeing one. They stated that the sighting reminded them of the Ironman character from the popular Marvel movies. After the sighting, the group discussed the possibility that it could have been the “Mothman,” a legendary creature that has been reported in various sightings around the Great Lakes region.
The witness also mentioned that they had heard about the “Bowen Park” incident, which was first reported to Manuel Navarette of UFO Clearinghouse. The incident involved several young adults who claimed to have seen a red-eyed, winged being in the trees near the Waukegan Skate Park on Halloween 2020. Several of the witnesses described a sound similar to that of a crying baby, yet at a higher pitch and much shorter.
This report is not the first of its kind in the Waukegan area. In October 2020, the Singular Fortean Society received a report from a witness who said he had heard a baby crying following an incident involving anomalous footsteps on the roof of his home in Waukegan in 1988 or 1989. The witness compared his own experiences to events described in John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies, a book that documents a series of strange occurrences in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in the 1960s and 1970s, including reports of a winged creature known as the “Mothman.”
In addition to the sound of a baby crying, Keel wrote about other strange sounds that pervaded the house, including heavy footsteps on the roof and loud metallic clangs. The witness in Waukegan reported hearing similar sounds and stated, “I once heard a baby crying in the bushes next to that house, right outside the window, or so I thought. I went out to look and saw nothing. I’ve been told cats can approximate that sound, though. People occasionally report seeing panthers or something similar in Lake County, so it’s vaguely possible one leapt up to a porch overhang and then to the roof, walked back and forth several times, and then disappeared by the time I went outside. Or maybe it was a ghost.
The sighting in Waukegan, along with the other reports of winged humanoids and strange sounds in the area, raises many questions and theories. Some believe that these sightings could be attributed to a type of unknown bird or bat species, while others suggest that it could be a new type of drone or even a military aircraft. However, many witnesses have reported that the figures appear to be living beings and have described their movements as too fluid to be that of a man-made machine.
One theory that has gained popularity in recent years is that these winged humanoids are extraterrestrial in nature. Some believe that these beings are visiting Earth to observe or study human behavior and culture. Others suggest that they may be a type of interdimensional entity, capable of traversing different planes of existence.
Despite the many theories and explanations, the true nature of these winged humanoids remains a mystery. It is important to note that many of these sightings are anecdotal and have yet to be verified by scientific evidence. However, the growing number of reports from credible witnesses in the Waukegan area and other parts of the country suggest that there may be something to these sightings.
In conclusion, it is important to keep an open mind when it comes to the reports of winged humanoids. Whether they are a new species of bird, a military aircraft, or extraterrestrial beings, the sightings in Waukegan and other areas of the country warrant further investigation. Until more concrete evidence is obtained, the true nature of these winged humanoids remains a mystery.