Apps You Need to Download When Moving to Chicago

Written by Posted On Friday, 05 September 2014 09:02

So, you’ve decided to make the big move and call Chicago your new home – awesome. Now, how do you get around the city without seeming like an utterly lost tourist? See what apps can help you own your way around.

Transit App

(iOS and Android)

This is especially useful if you’re moving from a city that didn’t really require you to rely on public transportation. Transit App integrates with CTA, Pace and Metra schedules so you know exactly when your next train or bus is arriving in real time. Get a glimpse of what the trip will be like and star your favorite routes to remember for next time.


(iOS, Android and Windows)

Here’s another one to help you get around. Moovit is powered by the people, for the people. The community-based public transit app features live data and supports CTA, CTA-L, Metra and Pace schedules. Compare different train or bus routes to find the one that will get you to your destination the fastest.

Jetpac City


Jetpac combines a user-friendly city guide with Instagram uploads to define the best spots in the area. Are hipster hangouts your thing? The app shows you which local spots are thriving with black rimmed glasses and Bon Iver aficionados. Find everything from the best bars and lounges to the best Mexican restaurants, as determined by Instagram uploads.


(iOS and Android)

Curled up in bed during the midst of winter with an empty stomach? Postmates takes food delivery to a new level with drivers available 24/7 to bring you food from your favorite restaurant or supermarket. Even if that local spot you’re craving doesn’t deliver, the Postmates team is on it to get you your late-night hankering.



Let’s be real; Chicago gets cold. If you’re moving from a warmer city, you may underestimate just how bundled up you’ll have to be come January. TheVane is a weather app that also gives you clothing recommendations (and shopping options) depending on the outdoor conditions. Specify what kind of style you’re looking for or upload your own photo to remind yourself what a chic 20 degrees looks like.


(iOS and Android)

You might have snagged a fixer-upper. This is your chance to start your home decoration off on the right foot. BrightNest offers easy instructions for home tasks you’ll have to tackle, like cleaning kitchen surfaces or old appliances. Create to-do items you want to take care of and get personalized home improvement tips for future projects.



Did you move to Chicago for a new job? Impress your future employer with some snazzy dry cleaned outfits courtesy of DRYV. The app provides local dry cleaning and laundry services available for pickup or delivery. They can arrive at your new place within one hour for pickup and have your clothes ready within 36 hours.

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