Police Radio Chicago
Tune in to the soap opera that is crime in your ’hood, without shelling out for a pricey scanner.
Map out new, scenic routes to, yes, walk, jog or run—or take on courses created by other users.
See for yourself what’s happening in traffic-troubled areas via updated highway webcam photos.
When nature calls and you’re in public, find the nearest, cleanest slab of porcelain to do your business.
(fanguidetours.com, $2.99–$4.99 each)
Let your phone be your guide with these multimedia, info-laden architecture tours of the Loop, Oak Park and River Forest.
Sink your teeth into exclusive deals—prix-fixe meals, one-off dinners, first-dibs reservations—from more than 50 of the city’s best restaurants.
(electropuf.com/products, 99 cents)
This locally programmed app throws the CTA’s invaluable when’s-it-coming info into an intuitive, pretty interface (the design is reminiscent of the CTA’s signage). The best part: Select favorite routes and stops for überquick access.
Local boozehounds serve up the day’s free-and-cheap alcohol listings in real time.
Time Out Chicago
(iTunes, 99 cents)
Your fave Chicago magazine (right?) is now available in your pocket. Leapfrog from, say, a museum show to a recommended restaurant nearby using our critics’ picks, then get the 411 on nightlife happenings.