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.


When dining out with your wee ones, you know that time is of the essence. This brand new app lets you pay for your meal without waiting for the check or showing your card once. You just tell your server you’re paying with the app, which has your credit card info on file and shows your tab in real time, letting you dine and dash when you need to. You can even split the tab with friends and have receipts emailed to you. Developers plan to add lots more venues soon, meaning family night out should be a whole lot easier. Free on iTunes and Android.

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

— Selena Kohng

photo: Jenny Downing via flickr