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Best iPhone & iPad Apps For Chicago Living

October 4, 2010 1:48 PM

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Access to the digital world has opened up Chicago, spreading news and information about nearly every aspect of city life via mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. With the proliferation of applications, or “apps,” those who live in Chicago can now discover everything from sport scores and restaurant deals, to how long until the next bus arrives, all from the convenience of their smartphones or computers. Listed here are some of the best iPhone and iPad apps for Chicago living. Not only do they provide useful information, but some can save time and money as well.

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ASAP Chicago

Price: 99 cents for iPhone, iPad
iTunes Link

This helpful app keeps Chicagoans up to date on breaking news in the city. News stories are generated from the two major Chicago newspapers, The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times, as well as from ChicagoBreakingNews.com. The app covers both local and national news stories.

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Chicago Tribune Sports Reader

Price: free for iPhone, iPad
iTunes Link

Chicago is a town that thrives on sports, with its zealous devotion to “da Bears,” made infamous by an SNL comedy skit, and Cubs fans that are legendary optimists for always believing the team will be better “next year.” Whether their teams are winning or losing, Chicagoans are serious about scores, players and news, and this app brings them the latest local and national sporting news, with scores listed at the bottom of the page. Best of all, this app is free, so fans don’t have to spend a dime to get the information they really want.

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CTA Tracker

Price: 99 cents for iPhone, iPad
iTunes Link

Standing at the bus stop, wondering what time that bus is coming? This app can solve that annoying question. This app is also perfect for the visitor to Chicago. Don’t know where you are? Simply use the auto-location to identify the closest intersections and what times and which buses travel by.

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Festival Finder Chicago

Price: 99 cents for iPhone, iPad
iTunes Link

There are so many events going on in Chicago (particularly in summer, when every ethnic group, music genre and artists co-op in the city seems to be celebrating) that it can be hard to keep track of them all. This app takes care of the details for you, including times, dates and locations.

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Foodie the App

Price: $1.99 for iPhone, iPad
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Exclusive to Chicago, this app satisfies a real craving for the Chicago food lover. With so many celebrity chefs, new restaurant openings and events, it can be hard to keep up. Get information on special events, early openings and restaurant speicals. With this app, you can track down a great restaurant deal, make a reservation, and when you arrive, the deal awaits. (There is a nominal charge for accessing each deal.)

From getting around the city to making weekend plans, the best iPhone and iPad apps for Chicago living can help both for residents and visitors enhance their experiences in the city. At a minimal cost, these apps save times and money, as well as providing the latest news and sports scores.


By Christine Zibas

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