In November of 2006, numerous people in the vicinity of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago reported seeing a saucer-shaped aircraft, which famously departed from the area at such a high velocity that it left a visible “doughnut hole” in the cloud bank that covered the sky overhead. Covered extensively in the Chicago Tribune by reporter Jon Hilkevitch, the story, according to a recent statement the paper issued, “remains the best-read online story in the history of the Chicago Tribune.”

After being brought up recently on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, a surge of interest in the 2006 incident prompted a brief interview with Hilkevitch, who recounted some of the pertinent details on camera. Below, you can hear his take on the story, which remains one of the most widely-documented UFO cases in recent years.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at