Apps that make navigating Chicago a little easier

Chicago Magazine did a great round-up titled “Five Chicago Apps That Make City LIfe a Little Less annoying.”

Here are some of my favorite apps featured in Matt Pollock’s list:

QuickTrain

99 cents for iOs

I see a lot of apps that try to make sense of the CTA, but for commuting on the el, this app is by far the best. It uses your iPhone’s GPS to tell you which train is closes to you. Then, it tells you where the train is and when it’s coming to your stop. You can even “favorite” the trains you use the most. The best part? This app uses the Chicago Transit Authority’s El Train Tracker API, which means you get the most accurate, up-to-date information available.

Note: You need the latest iOS software to download this app, so get your upgrade on!

Chicago Neighborhoods

Free for iOs

Do you ever wanter into a new part of the city and ask yourself, “I wonder what neighborhood I’m in?” This happens to me all the time, and now there’s an app that can help. Created by Lakeview transplant Dave Krawczyk, the app uses your device’s GPS to tell you what neighborhood you’re in. It also helps you locate any neighborhood and view its boundaries. You can even use this app to find the nearest Divvy Bikes station and see how many bikes it has.

CycleFinder

Free for Android and iOs

If you’re a frequent Divvy Bike user, this app might be worth a download. Created by PBSCbike, one of the forces behind Divvy, this app will show you where the nearest Divvy station is near you. It will also tell you if it has bikes available as well as dock space. You can even use

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