There’s still a few more weeks of summer left, which means it’s time for a break. Whether you’re taking the day off for a mini trip around the city or an out-of-town vacation, there’s an app for that. These five apps will make your trip a breeze.
Be your own tour guide and download this app. If you enjoy exploring on your own, Field Trip is a perfect addition to your urban travels. With this guide app you can explore everything from weird history to delicious restaurants. Open this pocket map to explore a world full of interesting finds with articles from Thrillist, Zagat and many more.
You’re ready for a night out on the town, but where do you go? If you’re strapped for cash and looking for a deal, try Drink Owl. This resourceful app will lead you to deals galore. Update your location and Drink Owl will show you the drink specials closest to you. If you’re picky when it comes to drinks, you can even narrow your results to liquos, mixed drink, beer and/or wine specials.
As most Chicagoans know, finding a clean public restroom can be a painful task. Many have felt the sting of disappointment after approaching a business with a full bladder only to read the “No public restroom” sign on the door. Your worries are over with this practical potty app. Charmin’s (as in the TP brand) SitORSquat app shows all of the places you can pee in the city for free. While finding the nearest bathroom may be a priority, SitORSquat also ranks bathrooms as “sit” (good) or “squat” (bad). And if that isn’t good enough for you, the app also displays photos of bathrooms and comments from past users. A bit tongue-in-cheek, sure, but when you got to go, you got to go!
Before you leave the hotel, it’s important to choose the proper attire. While most weather apps give you the temperature and chance of precipitation, Swackett goes a step further by showing you what to wear. This is also a handy app for canine-lovers because of its “dog walking index,” which shows if it’s safe to take your pet out in the heat.
If you’re getting around the city by cab, Hailo is your best bet for hailing one. With Chicago’s recent flash-monsoon storms and blistering summers, standing outside waiting for a taxi isn’t always ideal. This taxi app allows you to hail a cab and track it in real time from the comfort of your home or hotel. While calling a cab company could take 45 minutes or so, Hailo finds you a cab in minutes. Once you’ve requested a taxi, Halo will track your driver and call you when he or she has arrived. When you reach your destination, there’s no need to fumble through your wallet for cash. Halo allows you to electronically pay your fare and tip, making this app perfect for those in a hurry and short on cash.