Monica came to WBEZ in 2013 from the Chicago Tribune where she spent 16 years editing and reporting on food, culture and health. Before that she wrote and edited at the Daily Southtown and Chicago Sun-Times. Monica has won multiple writing awards and been nominated for the James Beard Award five times.
Monica is a fourth generation Chicagoan whose children are fourth generation Chicago Public School graduates.
Stories by Monica Eng
Medusa’s was “like a community center for weirdos and freaks and everybody else in between,” say Chicagoans who went there as teens.
Don your dancing shoes as we track down the Chicago band members, musicians, and dancers who helped create five iconic moves.
Dozens of unconnected fast food joints serve up the same popular Chicago cheeseburger under the same name. Where did it all begin?
The jazz club was built by a grocery store tycoon’s dreams of music and movie stars.
There are six water cribs remaining in Chicago, but only two are still in use. So what might happen to them in the future?
The beef sandwich and slushy drink are sold together all across the South and West sides. We track down the guy who put the two together.
There are dozens of ice cream shops in Chicago with “La Michoacana” in their name, but many have different owners, offerings and prices.
From compost to old clothes, Chicago has a new plan for dealing with waste and recycling.
Before you grab your towel, read our guide answering your questions about Chicago beaches — from pollution to poop.
Chicago has about 400,000 lead service lines connecting to people’s homes. The city has 50 years to replace them all.