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Monica Eng

Monica Eng


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

Steak And Lemonade: What Are The Origins Of This Chicago Food Combo?

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.


Meet The Illinois Farmer Growing Asian Pears For Chicago Markets

For more than 30 years, Oriana Kruszewski has cultivated a variety of Asian pears that thrives in Illinois.


High Levels Of Lead Found In Homes With Water Meters

Nearly one in five Chicago homes with water meters may have elevated levels of lead in their water.

Curious City

Why Doesn’t Chicago Have More Co-Op Grocery Stores?

We learn that, despite the current paucity of food co-ops, the city actually has a strong food co-op history — and there may be more on the horizon.


Navy Pier Flyover Misses Another Target Date

Chicago Department of Transportation officials say the first sections of the project should still open this year despite the setbacks.

Curious City

How Politics Created Chicago’s Lead Water Problem

Chicago continued to use lead pipes long after many cities banned them. We look at the politics and personalities behind it.

Curious City

Daley vs. Little Italy: Why UIC Displaced A Neighborhood

Was the decision on the up-and-up, or did Daley just have it in for Italians?

Curious City

What Are The Costs Of Chicago’s Air And Water Show?

The city says the show generates millions of dollars in business. But some listeners wonder whether it’s worth the environmental costs.

Curious City

What Officials Are(n't) Doing About Chicago’s Lead Pipes

Chicago has the nation's most extensive network of lead service lines, but city officials say drinking water is safe.

Curious City

Why Do Chicago Beaches Ban Flotation Devices?

One Chicagoan wonders why local beaches ban things like rafts and boogie boards. But experts say there's good reason to leave them at home.


Why Don’t Chicago Beaches Have A Poop Threshold?

Fecal bacteria at 12th Street Beach skyrocketed Sunday — exceeding federal warning levels by nearly 100 times — but the beach wasn’t closed.

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 Murder In My Family 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.

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