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.

Kids Meal Deals

Yes, we’re a town of star-studded cheflebrities. But tonight, all you want is to round up the kids and go somewhere family-friendly. And any place with free kids’ meals is an instant BFF. Pop in your zip code and a preferred mile radius, and the app lists restaurants for the same day, or choose the weekly planner to view future days. You’ll find the usual suspects like Denny’s and Flat Top Grill, but hip destinations like Rockit Burger and Chicago classics like Connie’s Pizza in Chinatown also make the list. Bonus: the app is nationwide, making this the start of a beautiful friendship. Free. For iPhone or Android. Download the app here.

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

— Selena Kohng

photo: Jenny Downing via flickr