If the phrase "meltdown in aisle five" gives you nightmares just to think about, Instacart has you covered. This app allows you to shop from your favorite grocery stores—Whole Foods, Mariano’s and Jewel-Osco, among others—adding items to your virtual cart (and once you are a regular, you can return to previous lists or favorites). When you’re done shopping, you can schedule a time for delivery, and your Instacart shopper goes to work. You’ll even get a call if the store needs to replace a requested item because it’s out of stock. Hours later groceries arrive at your door, and your fear of the grocery shopping temper tantrum disappears. App: free. Delivery prices vary based on how much you spend and how quickly you need your groceries. A typical order of $35 or more will cost you a $3.99–$5.99 delivery fee per order.
It's hard to be a parent, but add in navigating the city with little ones in tow, and you have yourself an even greater challenge. Luckily, we've found the best apps that can make your life a little easier with just a few swipes on your smartphone. Trying to get to the best playgrounds? Making a list of pros and cons about whether Chicago is the best city to raise kids? These apps will help you do everything from get around town to even have dinner from kid-friendly restaurants on the table in minutes.