Whether it's the desolate corner outside the bar at closing time or the Loop during rush hour, getting a taxi can be a real challenge. Sure, you may have that "trusty" company on speed dial, but how many times has it let you down? Enter: Hailo, a super-cool, app-based taxi service originally conceived over the pond by taxi drivers, for taxi drivers — and you!
Here's how it works: With just two taps of your Smartphone, you can "hail" a taxi and watch it arrive in real time. Halio only does biz with licensed Chicago taxi drivers (you literally get the driver's snap, name, and cab number before arrival), so you can be sure your ride is a safe one — no matter what time you need a lift.
Oh, and that uncomfortable argument with the cabbie who tells you his credit-card machine is broken when you're out of cash? Not here. Hailo has an automatic payment system, so the whole kit and caboodle is already taken care of while your cruising to your destination. You'll even get a receipt emailed on the spot. So, put your hand down. The easiest way to catch a ride is literally at your fingertips.
Photo: Courtesy of Halio