The film follows an unnamed taxi driver (played by Paul Dillon) over one day in Chicago. More than 30 passengers enter his taxi throughout the course of the film, providing snippets into their lives. Among the actors giving cameo appearances are Gillian Anderson, John Cusack, Laurie Metcalf, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Michael Shannon, Michael Ironside, and Reggie Hayes.
Release and reception
Chicago Cab had its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 1997, where it was nominated for a Golden Hugo Award. It was not released in movie theatres until September 18, 1998, when it played in two venues and earned $23,946.
The film received criticism for having unrealistic taxi passengers, since all of the characters have an exciting story. Roger Ebert, however, gave it three stars out of four, saying "Drama is always made of the emotional high points." Emanuel Levy also gave a positive review: "A compassionate portrait of a lonely cabbie is at the center of the serio comedy ... [the passengers] highlight perceptively the funny, scary and dreary moments in a typical working day of a city cab driver."