There are more and more Chicago-centric apps out there — which means family outings (like playground visits!) are more fun and everyday stuff (like finding parking!) is less hassle. We sifted through them to give you the 12 must-haves, including ones that help you park, pay your dinner bill and even find a potty. Flip through our photo album for the scoop.

ParkNav

Many a playdate has been cut short due to well-meaning parents circling the block for the fifth time, convinced that a parking spot will open up. ParkNav is the cure. The app locates you and produces a map that shows where you’re likely to find free, metered, or permit parking. Easy color coding and real-time results put an end to the circling and stalking. Plus, the cool Find Car feature remembers and maps your car location every time. Take that, mommy brain. Free. Download for iPhone or Android.

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What is your family’s must-have app? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Selena Kohng

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photo: Jenny Downing via flickr

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