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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

What Was Chicago’s Foodie Scene Like In The Early 20th Century?

From raw celery to “milk toast,” we explore the biggest food fads of the era — and the restaurants that served them.

WBEZ News

Lunar New Year Parade Attendance Sags Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Sunshine and 50-degree temperatures couldn’t draw out the usual parade crowds. But officials stress that the risk of contracting the virus in Illinois remains low.

Curious City

Little Eddie's Field Trip: The Union Stock Yards Through the Eyes of an Eighth Grader

Back in the 1940s, Chicago school kids took local field trips that would be unthinkable today.

Curious City

Expert Tips On How To Stay Warm During Chicago’s Brutal Cold

From mail carriers to photographers, we asked people who spend a lot of time in the cold how they stay warm.

Reset

Dibs: A Chicago Tradition Or An Eyesore That Needs To Be Abolished?

Get your folding chairs ready for the never-ending debate: is dibs OK?

WBEZ News

Chicago Weed Buyers Welcome Legal Sales

Dispensaries opened as early as state law allows, giving patrons what they’ve waited for: legal marijuana.

WBEZ News

‘I Really Need The Young Fresh Faces’: Volunteers Visit The Elderly On Christmas

Dozens of volunteers delivered meals and visited Chicago seniors as part of the annual Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly program.

Curious City

To Dibs Or Not To Dibs? The Essential Chicago Question

We answer your most pressing questions about Chicago’s controversial winter tradition.

Curious City

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Lead Pipes? Lessons From Cities Getting It Done

Rust Belt cities tackling their lead problems offer advice for Chicago on funding, public education and getting political buy-in.

Curious City

Keeping the Season Bright: The Business of Christmas Tree Lots

"It’s fast, it’s furious and it’s over in about three and a half weeks."

WBEZ News

PHOTOS: World's Largest Starbucks Opens On The Mag Mile

The 35,000-square-foot, five-floor, state-of-the-art emporium is the coffee-flavored theme park for adults that you would expect.

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.

Reset

The Best Ways To Eat For Your Health And The Planet

Reset checks in with food contributor Monica Eng about the latest studies on healthy eating for you and the planet.

Reset

How To Shop At Japanese Markets

WBEZ's Monica Eng offers tips on how to shop at Japanese markets like the newly renovated Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights.

Worldview

Food Mondays: Preventing Food Waste Emissions

One company in Chicago called Hazel Technologies has been working on a tool to slow that spoilage.

Curious City

Chicago’s Hidden Indie Rock Archive

Over three decades, Aadam Jacobs obsessively documented Chicago’s indie rock scene. His collection includes the early work of Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, Jeff Tweedy, New Order, Naked Raygun, Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo and much more.

Worldview

Food Mondays: Jonathan Safran Foer on His New Book 'We Are The Weather'

Monica Eng and Jerome chat with Jonathan Safran Foer about his new book on climate change.

WBEZ News

What Chicago's Young Climate Activists Want To See From Their Officials

Across the world, young people are urging politicians to take the climate crisis more seriously. Here's what they have to say in Chicago.

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.

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