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Monica Eng

Monica Eng

Reporter

Monica reports and produces segments on food, health and ethnic culture in Chicago and beyond.

Before coming to WBEZ, Monica Eng was a food, culture and watchdog-investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune for 16 years. Before that she wrote and edited for 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 Schools graduates.

Recent Stories

WBEZ News

10 Things Chicagoans Can Do Right Now To Combat Climate Change

We asked experts what regular people can do to make a difference.

WBEZ News

10 Things Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Can Do To Combat Climate Change

We asked experts for ideas on how to make Chicago a more sustainable city.

Curious City

Climate Change Is Already Impacting Lake Michigan — Here’s How

Erratic water levels, disappearing beaches — climate change is already affecting Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Here’s what else we can expect.

Worldview

Food Mondays: Haute Mexican Cuisine With Chef Carlos Gaytan

On today’s Food Mondays, Food, Worldview’s Health and Culture contributor Monica Eng talks to Carlos Gaytan, the first Mexican chef to earn a Michelin star. Carlos grew up in a small town in Mexico's Guerrero state, and started working as a dishwasher when he first moved to the United States. He moved his way up the culinary world to eventually start the highly successful Mexique restaurant, which won him the coveted Michelin star. 

Curious City

The Story Behind Chicago’s Full Moon Jam

Chicago’s Full Moon Jam is now a popular city-sanctioned attraction. But it began back in 2004 as a birthday party among friends.

Worldview

Food Mondays: Ancient Grains Might Help with Gluten Allergies

Bob Quinn was the son of a conventional wheat farmer in Montana. That is, until he started growing organic and ancient wheat grains.

Curious City

Which Dances Were Invented In Chicago?

Don your dancing shoes as we track down the Chicago band members, musicians, and dancers who helped create five iconic moves.

Worldview

USDA Pulls Media Report on Climate Change and Rice

A USDA scientist quit the agency after it suppressed coverage of a paper he wrote linking climate change to declining nutritional value in rice crops.

Curious City

Having ‘The Talk’: Expert Guidance On Preparing Kids For Police Interactions

A child psychiatrist, a public defender and a police officer weigh in on how to prepare kids for interacting with the police.

WBEZ News

Report: Running Chicago Taps Only 3 Minutes Can Make Lead Problem Worse

Researchers tested more than 200 homes, but city officials say Chicago meets “U.S. EPA standards."

Worldview

Food Mondays: The Secrets of Bread

Award-winning Chicago baker Greg Wade spells out the secrets to broad that's healthy, tasty and sustainable.

Worldview

Food Mondays: Let's Make Ramen

A Chicago duo have produced a new book “Let’s Make Ramen.” It looks and reads like a comic book but promises to make homemade ramen accessible.

Worldview

Historic Maxwell Street Market Celebrates Tastes Of Mexico

Chicago's historic Maxwell Street Market has long been fueled by immigrants — most recently, those from Mexico and Latin America.

Curious City

Nicky’s And The Big Baby Mystery Part II: We Found Nicky V.!

Our recent search for the origins of a famous South burger hit a dead end — until the elusive Nicky Vagenas finally came forward.

Worldview

#WVBus: Food Mondays On An Urban Farm

Detroit has become famous for all of its urban gardens and farms.

WBEZ News

‘Save Our Trees’ Ordinance Pushes New Technology For Water Main Work

Aldermen are urging the city to try new technology to avoid tearing up streets and trees during water main replacement work.

Worldview

Food Mondays: Virtue Cider

Greg Hall served as the Goose Island beer brewmaster for two decades. But in 2011, he left the beer world to dive into something new: cider.

WBEZ News

Immigration Activists Monitoring Feds On Bike And Foot

Activists fanned out across the Chicago region Sunday to track immigration raids by federal authorities.

WBEZ News

Andersonville Neighbors Make Case To Save Chicago Trees

The city might cut down more than 100 trees to make way for water work. But new methods and rules may allow workers to let the trees live.

WBEZ News

As Risks Of Water Meters Became Clearer, City Relaxed Lead Testing Rules

Water officials allowed homeowners to get meters installed faster if they opted out of safety testing for lead in their water.

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