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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

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.

Curious City

Baring It All: Why Boys Swam Naked In Chicago Schools

John Connors says swimming naked in high school gym class was “torture.” Curious City looks at why schools enforced the policy for decades.

WBEZ Updates

Physical Education Budget Cuts Could Hurt Illinois’ Most Vulnerable Kids, Critics Say

Critics say physical education cuts in the new school budget bill could hurt Illinois’ most vulnerable kids.

Curious City

Some Park Drinking Fountains Were Unsafe This Summer

The park district released data on lead-tainted fountains months after tests were started.

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

City Of Big Ag: The Crops Chicago Was Famous For

The city deserves cred as an industrial giant, but it was also the first city of flowers, a pickle powerhouse and the heart of American celery.

Curious City

Many Chicago Parks Fountains Too Dangerous To Turn Off

The park district’s solution to dangerous lead contamination? Keep the water flowing.

Curious City

What Happened To Chicago's Koreatown?

Albany Park used to be home to Chicago's Korean community. But while some ethnic enclaves have grown, Koreatown has slowly disappeared.

Curious City

Chicago Park Fountains Have Been Running For Weeks To Flush Pipes

Park district officials say practice is aimed at flushing pipes for safety after lead was found in park drinking water last year.

WBEZ Updates

Folks Flock To Beaches On Warm Memorial Day

Clear weather attracts thousands to the lake on opening weekend for beaches.

Curious City

What Happens To Plane Food On Cancelled Flights?

When a flight gets cancelled, it's not only travel plans that get trashed.

WBEZ News

Why Send A Firetruck To Do An Ambulance's Job?

Chicago's Fire Department has only half as many ambulances as it has fire vehicles, but gets 20x more medical calls than fire ones these days.

WBEZ Updates

Chicago Needs More Ambulances

Inspector General Joe Ferguson points to overtime and slow response times as reasons the city needs to staff more ambulances and paramedics

Curious City

Why Do Fire Trucks Show Up To Medical Emergencies?

Medical calls outnumber fire calls 20 to one in Chicago. So why does the city own so many more fire trucks than ambulances?

Curious City

Deconstructing The Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Chicago’s premier hot dog expert breaks down each ingredient in a Chicago-style hot dog and its origins.

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.

WBEZ News

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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