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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

Curious City

Putting A Spotlight On Chicago’s LED Streetlights

Do LED lights cause cancer? Can they really reduce crime? One kid is so concerned about LED streetlights that he called Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Curious City

Park District Shutting Off Hundreds Of Outdoor Fountains

After years of grappling with outdoor fountains’ high lead levels, the Chicago Park District will disable nearly half of them.

Morning Shift

Logan Square’s Fat Rice Only Chicago Restaurant Winner At James Beard Awards

The James Beard Awards, known as the Oscars of food, returned to Chicago Monday night.

Curious City

What A Family Murder Reveals About Chicago’s Chinese Gangs

WBEZ’s Monica Eng digs into her family’s past to answer a question about Chinese gangs.

Curious City

A New Spring, A New Delay For The Navy Pier Flyover

Taxpayers could be on the hook for millions more for the project that’s aimed at relieving congestion on the Lakefront Trail near Navy Pier.

Curious City

What’s Up With That Stoplight On North Lake Shore Drive?

The light near Chicago Avenue causes mile-long backups. City officials are proposing a solution, but you might be in traffic for a while.

Curious City

Did The Art Institute Of Chicago Ever Rent Out Paintings?

Could people ever walk out of the Art Institute with a Monet in their backpack? Allow us to be your curator in this exhibit of curiosity.

Curious City

Get A Piece Of This: 9 Chicago Pizza Mysteries Solved

Why are some pizzas cut into squares? What’s the origin of the Pizza Puff? We dish deep on nine questions you kneaded to know.

Curious City

Inside Chicago's Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

Former patients recall the tests, treatments, and trauma nearly 250,000 Chicagoans experienced within the sanitarium's walls.

Curious City

How Often Do People Defend Themselves With A Gun?

For more than 20 years, researchers have tracked how often Americans defend themselves with a gun. So why can’t they agree on an answer?

Curious City

15 Things You Can Actually Rent From The Field Museum

From a life-sized replica of a T. rex skull to fake bear feces, here are some notable items you can rent from the Field Museum.

Curious City

Are College Sports Teams Paid For Patriotic Tributes?

A 2015 Senate investigation found that the DOD did in fact pay college sports teams to stage patriotic tributes at games.

WBEZ Updates

3rd Year Of Black Friday Protests Focuses On Police Abuse And More

The third year of Black Friday protests focused on police abuse and more on the Magnificent Mile.

Worldview

Curious City: Discussing Chinatown’s Apartment Rental Practices

Experts discuss how most apartments in Chicago's Chinatown are advertised in Chinese, within Chinese social networks, and in Chinese media.

Curious City

Why Do So Many Kids Learn To Play The Recorder?

The recorder often inflicts squeaky torture on parents. Music teacher Valerie DePriest explains why it became a staple in music education.

Curious City

Why Chicago's Chinatown Is Invisible In The Online Apartment Market

The listings are there — just in Chinese. Is this a form of discrimination, or a way to preserve a neighborhood's character?

Morning Shift

Leaf Collection In Chicago Has Become A Real Pile Of...

'Curious City’s' Monica Eng has uncovered some of the anomalies at Streets and Sanitation, and raked together the info you need to get your leaves collected in an environmentally friendly way.

Curious City

Where Does Chicago's Yard Waste Really End Up?

More residents are calling for leaf and yard waste pickup, but collection numbers have dropped. What gives?

Curious City

Which Natural Disasters Are Most Likely To Hit Chicago?

The good news is Chicago probably won’t be hit by hurricanes and earthquakes. But the area is becoming more vulnerable to other disasters.

Morning Shift

“To The Left, Take It Back Now Y’all” — The Cha Cha Slide And Other Dances Created In Chicago

So you might know Chicago as the home of the blues and deep dish pizza but did you know it’s also a capital of dance innovation?

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