It started out like any other date night...
Shannon Condon, 26, and Kevin Corey, 30, ignored the slight drizzle and hopped on a bus around 5:30 p.m. for a night out at their favorite restaurant Quartino.
Upon leaving, the rain had taken a turn for the worse, and they knew their dinky umbrella wouldn't fare against the heavy rain pounding down. Hoping to not get soaked, they hailed a cab at Ontario and State to take them back to their Lakeview home.
"We actually suggested that the cabbie take LaSalle to North Ave and then hop on Lake Shore Drive there, but he decided that taking Oak St. to LSD would be a better option," explained Condon. "Boy, was he wrong!"
The unrelenting rain was creating up-to-the-knee floods in the streets of downtown—particularly near the Oak Street underpass where their cab was headed.
As other cars turned around to find alternate routes, the couple's bold cab driver seemed to be challenging himself to make it through the growing body of water.
"Honestly, it was like being in a dream," said Corey, "I'm not sure what came over us and why we were so eager to try to go through the flooding (maybe it was the wine we had with dinner). I think it also had a lot to do with the cab driver being so confident that he could make it through the water unscathed."
But as we can see from the video, that was not the case. After a few swear words, screams and laughs (actually coming from Condon and the cab driver!), the camera abruptly turns off as Condon shouts, "There's water in the cab!"
"We shut off the camera because the water on the floor of the backseat was beginning to rise," said Corey. "After about 10 seconds, with the water approaching seat level, we had to evacuate the cab as soon as possible. We never discussed the topic of the cab fare because we were too busy planning our escape from the impending danger."
Throwing their valuables in Condon’s purse, the couple sloshed back up the ramp and took funny photos of each other knee-deep in water before hailing a second cab that stuck to the side streets back to Lakeview.
"The water wasn't too cold," said Condon. "It was kind of fun. We made sure to take pictures of each other knowing this was a once-in-a-lifetime event."
As for the fate of the cab driver? All we know is that he ditched the cab shortly after Corey and Condon and a 10 p.m. news spot of the Oak Street underpass showed the cab was gone, so it is assumed he was towed out and the cops blocked off the entrance so no one else would get stuck.
"The cab driver was very friendly overall, just maybe a little too ambitious," said Corey.
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