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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

Illinois’ Key Role In The Dakota Access Pipeline

The battle over the controversial pipeline may feel far away in the West, but Illinois officials played an important role in its approval.

Curious City

What Are The Limits On Backyard Livestock In Chicago?

After her neighbor adopted five goats, Jeanne Cuff wondered about Chicago’s livestock laws.

Curious City

Korean Chicken Wings: Spicy, Crispy, Saucy And Totally Chicago

Two Albany Park chefs fused Chinese and Korean flavors, giving birth to the chicken lollipop.

Curious City

The Origins Of “Who’s Your Chinaman?” In Chicago’s Political Slang

We track down the offensive phrase’s roots and consider whether it’s time to retire it.

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Food Stamp Recipients Could Still Get Hit With New Soda Tax

It was widely reported that Cook County’s new soda tax would not apply to those on food stamps. But USDA officials say it's an open question.

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Use Of Food Stamps At Chicago Farmers Markets Up 20 Percent

The use of food stamps at Chicago farmers markets was at an all time high this year.

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Chicago Plans To Flip The Switch To LEDs

Officials say 270,000 old streetlights will be replaced with LEDs. But health advocates warn of problems if the wrong LEDs are chosen.

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Suburban Leaders Look To Opt Out Of County's New Worker Rules

While leaders in Barrington, Palatine and Elgin want to opt out, a Cook County commissioner said doing so is unconstitutional.

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."

Curious City

Tips for Hunting Chicago’s Long-lost Recipes

The city's top recipe sleuths share their secrets as we recreate a divine, but elusive, fried chicken dish.

WBEZ News

Film Crew Must Ask Permission At Bucktown Polling Site

A documentary crew that was filming inside a Bucktown polling site Tuesday has been asked to stop and ask for voter permission.

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Chicago Board Of Elections Sending Out 500 Investigators On Election Day

The Chicago Board of Elections says it will have 500 investigators out during voting Tuesday to combat fraud and harassment.

Curious City

What It Would Take For Chicago To Compost Food Scraps

Minneapolis and San Fran do it. Even Oak Park's got a program. What gives?

WBEZ News

City Officials Remind Residents About The Right Way To Throw Away Fall Leaves

The two-step process is more complicated than you might think.

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Local Anti-Trump Beer Gets Its Last Canning

The owner of Chicago-area 5 Rabbit Cerveceria pulled his beer from the Trump Tower lounge last year after the candidate insulted Mexicans.

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Park Officials Find High Lead Levels In Hundreds Of Drinking Fountains

Recently released city data reveals that 43 percent of Chicago parks have at least one drinking fountain or sink with high levels of toxic lead. One fountain in Grant Park had levels 80 times higher than the federal limit.

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

Park District Fountains Tests Show Mixed Lead Results

More than five percent of parks have at least one fountain with high levels of lead in the water.

Curious City

Veggies in City Planters: Tasty Kale Bait or Jailbait?

Tempted by street-level kale, cabbage and chard? Here's why you shouldn't treat public planters like salad bars.

Curious City

How Big Chains’ Produce Ends Up in Local Grocery Stores

When one Chicagoan found brand-name Brussels sprouts at a bargain produce market, she had to wonder: How did these get here? And why are they so cheap?

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