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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

What Happens To Plane Food On Cancelled Flights?

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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

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


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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