Graham Meyer is a writer, editor, composer, and crossword puzzle constructor based in Chicago. He reviews restaurants for Crain’s Chicago Business and covers classical and new music for Chicago magazine. His music has been performed by Musae and the Princeton Katzenjammers. His puzzles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Sun.


There’s a reason no one talks about Sham, Ernst Schmied, and Josiah Bartlett: Number two just doesn’t have the pizzazz of number one. We scoured the Chicago area to find our Secretariats, Edmund Hillarys, and John Hancocks—and found 83 standard bearers of the highest order. …

July 15, 2010

Chicago magazine’s annual grab bag of superlatives, which I co-edited (with Jennifer Tanaka) for the fourth time in 2010.

Good: the well spoken of, the longtime favorites, the new and surprising. Better: the perfect extra fillip, the graceful technique, the revelatory debut. Best: See below …

July 15, 2009

By the third time I was co-editing Best of Chicago for Chicago magazine in 2009, I could smooth a blurb into 75 words with my eyes closed, but it got pretty hard to come up with creative categories.

Whoever said “Good enough” probably didn’t get very far in life. In our annual pursuit of better living through extreme pickiness, we discovered the best reasons to celebrate our ever-expanding city. …

July 15, 2008

My second go-round at Best of Chicago, the bread-and-butter of the city magazine. I co-edited with Jennifer Tanaka, and also wrote items about Kobe burgers and wine tasting, counterbalancing the immense amount of copy-juggling and detail to attend to.

July 15, 2006

The first time I co-edited Best of Chicago.