Event—Public Programming

Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites

Authors Monica Eng and David Hammond are serving up the history behind 30 of Chicago’s best hometown bites.

Chicago Hot Dog

This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned. Please register below.

Italian beef and hot dogs get the headlines. Cutting-edge cuisine and big-name chefs get Michelin stars. But Chicago food shows its true depth in classic dishes conceived in the kitchens of immigrant innovators, neighborhood entrepreneurs, and mom-and- pop visionaries.

In this Meet the Author event, Monica Eng and David Hammond will discuss their new book, Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites, in which they draw on decades of exploring the city’s food landscape to serve up 30 can’t-miss eats found in all corners of Chicago.

Covering Chicago original foods you may never have heard of—including Mild Sauce, Jibarito, Taffy Grapes, Big Baby, and the Mother-in-Law—Eng and Hammond will present stories of the people and places behind these and other Windy City favorites, while illuminating how these dishes reflect the multifaceted history of our city and the people who live here.

Made in Chicago is available to purchase at the Newberry bookshop, and the authors will sign copies after the talk.


Monica Eng is a reporter for Axios Chicago and cohost of the podcast Chewing. She has worked as a food, culture, and investigative reporter at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio and at the Chicago Tribune, where she was nominated for five James Beard Awards for writing.

David Hammond is Dining and Drinking Editor for Newcity Chicago magazine. He regularly writes on food-and drink-related topics for Wednesday Journal and the Chicago Tribune and is a founding member/moderator of LTHForum.com, a site celebrating Chicago’s mom-and-pop restaurants.

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