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.

Sit or Squat

“Mommy, I gotta pee.” Those four little words transform a leisurely outing into a race against time. Whip out Charmin's app to locate suitable, clean bathrooms around you in no time. Using GPS, the app picks up your location and does the rest. Just follow the green toilet paper rolls and steer clear of the red ones. You can even filter your search by family bathrooms or ones with changing tables. Free. For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. 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