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
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.
Elmhurst resident Nicole Virgil has been advocating for the right to temporarily install a hoop house to use her garden through the winter.
Some say on pizza, others say in eggs. Chicagoans offer up their tips for how to use giardiniera.
WBEZ didn’t always report the news. In fact, it started out broadcasting educational shows for kids.
Climate change, cost and rules about Chicago’s water usage are just a few of the reasons experts say Chicagoans should conserve water.
Last year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a plan to remove Chicago’s toxic lead pipes. But so far, not a single pipe has been replaced.
In fact, there are more than a dozen better-than-decent examples of the Jewish baked art form — schmear or no schmear.
From baking to birdwatching, Chicagoans share some of the ways they’ve managed to get through a year of social distancing.