Graham Meyer is an editor based in Chicago. Formerly on staff at Chicago magazine, he edited the cover package “Who Makes What,” about salaries in Chicago, three times. He co-edited the June 2008 cover package “Our Lake”, as well as four iterations of “Best of Chicago.” As a freelancer, he conducted preliminary interviews and vetted topics for “How to Make Chicago Even Better”, a companion to 2012’s “Best of Chicago.”


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.

The numbers are miserable: In December, the unemployment rate in Illinois surged to 7.6 percent as the local economy shed 36,000 jobs, while the national picture was roughly as bleak. During the second week of January, the state paid out more than $92 million in unemployment benefits. Which is why our package about the salaries of Chicagoans may be more useful than ever. In good times, spying on your neighbor’s paycheck provides a voyeuristic thrill. In times like these, knowing who makes what i …

February 15, 2009

The third salary survey I edited for Chicago magazine, a task in which hours of reporting lead to just a few names and numbers. When this published, 7.6 percent unemployment in Illinois was “bleak.”

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.

What do you like best about Chicago? Chances are, your answer falls into one of two camps: “the lake” or “summer.” Ours does, too, which makes the moment ripe for celebrating that sparkling azure expanse, home to Chicago’s sunrise and a prehistoric bit of breathing room situated just east of the hubbub of modern city life. But if you think you know this lake, think again. We’ve plumbed its depths for bounty hidden far below the surface, from primordial forests to three-masted schooners to scale- …

May 15, 2008

One of my favorite editing projects, combining service journalism about things to do at Lake Michigan, short short fiction by Chicago authors, and a couple of nifty sidebars. I wrote the lighthouse and geological-history sidebars.

March 15, 2008

The second salary survey I edited for Chicago, and thus far the only interview I’ve ever done with a dominatrix.

January 15, 2008

A service piece about Chicagocentric websites. Obviously out of date instantly upon publication, but jeez, does it ever seem out of date now.

July 15, 2006

The first time I co-edited Best of Chicago.

March 15, 2006

The first salary survey I edited, which was something of a rush job, as I was sicced on it late in the game after things stalled out. They stalled out because it’s really, really hard to get good information for these.