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.

Instacart

When your hands are too full to push a grocery cart, this delivery service is a lifesaver. Create an account, input your zip code, and choose from stores like Mariano’s, Costco, Whole Foods, and local stalwarts like Stanley’s or Tony’s. Choose from a product list or type in special instructions to get whatever you need; the first delivery is free, then is $3.99 for delivery within 2 hours on $35+ orders. Yes, prices reflect a modest markup, but just think back to any impulse purchases you’ve made in the past to placate your “little helpers.” Free on iTunes and Android.

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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