Chicago iPhone apps reviews

Ten Chicagocentric applications that make Apple’s iPhone an on-the-go guide for exploring the city

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Wright Around Chicago 2010
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SAGAMORE APPS // $1.99  A portable tour guide for Frank Lloyd Wright locations across Chicago and throughout the Midwest, Wright Around Chicago features 21 entries arranged alphabetically by name (Charnley House, Dana-Thomas House, Fabyan Villa, and so forth). Each listing includes highlights of the house or location and the price of tours or whether a site can be viewed for free from the street, as is possible for the Francisco Terrace Archway in Oak Park. The best feature? Just tap and receive turn-by-turn driving directions to each site, ideal for planning a Chicago day trip or a weekend visit to Wisconsin. Suggestion for the next version: Allow users to group the sites by location.

USEFUL 5/5 | SLICK 3/5 | FUN 2/5


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EVERYBLOCK // FREE  On the iPhone, EveryBlock uses the device’s GPS capability to pinpoint related nearby crime reports, entertainment options, news stories from local sources, user reviews of businesses, and even real-estate listings—basically, giving you the scoop for wherever you happen to be standing. So if you’re hanging out in Wicker Park one Saturday, you can peruse a Reader preview of the evening show at the Empty Bottle, find out where not to park, scan a Yelp rating about an intriguing restaurant, and get coupons from nearby retailers.

USEFUL 5/5 | SLICK 5/5 | FUN 2/5



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