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.

Chicago Public Library

You'll go gaga for CPL’s app, especially if you’re on the hunt for the latest Oliver Jeffers book or need a quick glimpse of your account. Browse the catalog, find the closest branches that have what you’re looking for, and login with your library card number and PIN to place holds, leave comments and recommendations, or be reminded of due dates. Neat extras include a place to keep track of what you’ve read along with a wish list, and you can browse what CPL has on order. Free. Download on iTunes or Android.

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

— Selena Kohng

photo: Jenny Downing via flickr