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.


Tom Skilling’s got some competition -- in the form of a cute cartoon cat, no less. Think of Poncho as an all-weather friend, sending you emails, texts, or both about the weather. What makes this service stand out from the meteorological masses is its personal touch: You input details like when you wake up and leave work, whether you have a pet to walk or pollen allergies. Instead of obsessively checking forecasts, Poncho checks in on you, reminding you to pack an umbrella or assuring that it’ll be a good hair day. Free. Sign up here.

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

— Selena Kohng

photo: Jenny Downing via flickr