In a conversation with guest Monica Eng from, Nick delves into her fantastic new book, “Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites,” which uncovers the history and anecdotes behind some of Chicago’s finest cuisine. The book sheds light on intriguing questions such as the origins of the Jim Shoe, the creator of the Sweet Steak, the top spot for Tavern Style Pizza in the city, and the reasons for Malort’s popularity. Additionally, Monica shares information on an exciting slot-car racing venue located on the north side. Later, Esmeralda Leon and Nick discuss the most transformative inventions of the past decade and reflect on their proud antisocial tendencies. [EP118]