Graham Johnston is manager of Internet and technology at ChicagoParent.com. Graham works with
all the staff from the magazine and the team at liQuidprint to help bring you
the best parenting website in Chicago. He spends most of his days
writing code, but every now and then he'll be writing stories and
helping to contribute to ChicagoParent.com in ways that don't
involve <xsl:value-of select="data[@alias='pageText']"/>.
If you ever ask Graham about his job the first thing he'll tell
you is that he's worked at the same company since he was 10 years
old. Then, he'll hold out his arm and give you an estimate of his
height at that age. Graham started his career in journalism as a
paper boy for his hometown paper, and one of Chicago Parent's
sister newspapers, Wednesday Journal. Every Wednesday, he'd
diligently load up his wagon with 100 rolled and bagged copies and
head out on his route. Every month, he'd somewhat more reluctantly
go door-to-door collecting payment for his deliveries. And thus
began a still lasting pursuit to help deliver news to the
Graham went to work in the mail room and empty trash at the
newspaper during high school. In college he studied magazine
journalism and came back to intern during the summers. He finally
started a full time job in 2006 as online technology editor,
working with both Chicago Parent and its many sister weekly
newspapers. In 2008 Graham was promoted to manager of Internet and
technology to help oversee the redesign of ChicagoParent.com.
While everything about Graham may scream "29-year-old bachelor"
he dreams of a future when he can settle down in his hometown of
Oak Park, with his beautiful journalist wife and their three kids,
Avril, Samantha and Gordon (names subject to his wife's
Oh, and in case you're wondering, he still has a paper route.
But he's traded in the wagon for pickup truck.
Drop whatever you're doing right now and take less than a minute to actually do something special for someone on Valentine's Day. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago is collecting Valentine's Day cards to hand out to all of its little patients and to decorate the walls of the hospital with some caring messages. Read...
Chicago-based toy company Citizen Brick has created a custom Lego set wholly not suitable for your children. It's a meth lab. But not just any meth lab. It's the Superlab in the basement of Gus's industrial laundry facility. Read...
The price for baby teeth is on the rise. Just let that sink in for a second so you can be prepared for the next bit of information. The national average paid per tooth ... $3.70. Read...
In the category of "Animals we'd totally adopt if it were legal" Brookfield Zoo's Snow Lepoard cub ranks right up there with the baby sloth bears and the Moholi bushbaby. Read...
There we were, browsing the online craft site Etsy for a set of matching handmade hats for our web department, we came across this little local guy, Mason. Now, Mason is clearly the cutest baby model we’ve ever seen, but we knew there had to be more. So we set out to find the cutest kids on Etsy, all modeling products made by Chicago crafters. Read...
I always thought the monster part was superfluous, the same way I assumed the Count as a vampire never posed any real danger. He could have been named Cookie Fanatic and it would have conveyed the same meaning, it just wouldn’t have been as catchy. Read...
Hipster/punk/alternative babies and kids are the cutest thing ever. The spray-painted hair, gelled and spiked into mohawks, and rub-on tattoos and ratty t-shirts from their (or, more likely, their parents') favorite band are just adorable. Read...
Be prepared to lose everything you send to camp except your kid. Read...
Children will go from preschool to pre-calc to premed all too fast for a parent's comfort. That passage is marked in many ways, but each August it can be defined by school supplies. As the years progress, children go from crayons to markers to colored pencils, from safety scissors to pointed scissors to Exacto knives. Read...