Must-have apps for busy Chicago parents

By Kristina Lazzara

 
 
 

SpotHero, free

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You can kiss those days of aimlessly driving around the city for a parking spot goodbye. This app uses your location to find the closest and cheapest spot near your destination. You can even prepay for your spot right from your phone. Along with finding your van full of kids a spot, it can also reserve spots for you. Find a spot with the app you absolutely love? Save it to your favorites so you can find it again just when you need it.

Festival Finder, free

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Chicago truly is one of the most festive cities. With Chicago Festival Finder each festival is in one list, organized by date. It provides the location, admission, dates and times. It even gives the user the option to use their phone’s GPS for directions right to the fest. Just download and the adventures are endless with fests your whole family will enjoy.

Zoo Explorer: Lincoln Park, 99 cents

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Lincoln Park Zoo is a Chicago must-see, and like many Chicago landmarks, you probably wish there was a way to navigate it at all times. Now the entire zoo map is in the palm of your hands. Instead of getting lost, with your exhausted children dragging behind you while trying to find the tigers, the app will direct you to exactly where to go. Along with a detailed map of the animals’ locations, the app includes fun information about all the animals at the zoo.

Playgrounds!, $1.99

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A playground is a kid’s biggest adventure. They learn so much about life from running around on these jungle gyms and monkey bars, while also learning basic social skills with other children. A big problem is finding a new playground to continue the adventure. With amenities, filtering options, photos and exact addresses, the app Playgrounds! takes all the guesswork out of finding the perfect playground in Chicago.

Chicago Bike Guide, 99 cents

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Bikes are an easy and super fun way to travel around Chicago. They're perfect for every cyclist parent on the go. Once your young ones learn how to bike, they get bored riding the same block up and down and over again. Why not explore the city’s vast bike ways together? Chicago Bike Guide gives detailed maps and information about local street bicycle lanes, off-street trails and bike directions to landmarks all over Chicagoland. In partnership with the Divvy bike share program, it also pinpoints Divvy bike rack locations for an extra option when exploring Chicago.

 
 







 
 
 
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