For Crain’s Chicago Business, Graham Meyer covers dining, reviewing restaurants every two weeks for the publication’s Business Lunch section. He also covers museums for the quarterly cultural preview in Crain’s.


“VIKINGS” Through Oct. 4 Just as no one in “Casablanca” ever says “Play it again, Sam,” the Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets. They didn’t even call themselves Vikings. The apparently ill-named “Vikings” exhibit at the Field Museum aims to set straight misconceptions about the complex Norse civilization that flourished from the 8th to 11th centuries, through archaeological artifacts such as jewelry, weapons and religious objects, as well as re-creations including a Viking Age sword and a replica ship. Almost 500 objects will be on display at the exhibit’s only U.S. stop on an international tour.

March 7, 2015

My first foray into previewing upcoming museum exhibits for Crain’s.

One evening in September 2013, as the last F-major chord of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 died away at the Chicago Temple to end the third annual Beethoven Festival, notes of discontent already were being sounded.

A combination of cost overruns, a lack of credit and charitable pledges unfulfilled meant the festival had no money to pay the musicians onstage.

December 13, 2014

My Crain’s debut, spinning the tale of the meteoric Beethoven Festival.