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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

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.

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."

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