Natalie Martinez, NBC Chicago

Natalie Martinez

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Chicago, IL, United States

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Nationwide Santa Shortage Has Some Saying ‘Bah Humbug'

Skyrocketing demand for Santa and fewer little helpers could have Christmas looking a little different this year. With more-in person holiday parties and mall... → Read More

Saint Ignatius College Prep Hockey Team Dedicates Game to Fellow Players Injured in Bus Crash

Saint Ignatius College Prep’s varsity hockey team took to the ice Thursday, marking the first game since members of the Chicago school’s junior varsity team... → Read More

Chicago Area Prepares for Slippery Tuesday Morning Commute as Snow Expected

While the Chicago area saw summer-like conditions in recent weeks, weather of a much different sort is expected Tuesday. The region is expected to see its first... → Read More

Gunman Killed in Shootout During Robbery Attempt at South Shore Grocery Store

A gunman was fatally shot Friday evening by a witness who opened fire when the suspect attempted to rob a supermarket in the city’s South Shore neighborhood,... → Read More

1 Dead, 2 Injured After Brazen Shooting Outside Princeton Park Restaurant, Police Say

One person is dead and two others were injured after a brazen drive-by shooting outside a Princeton Park McDonald’s restaurant on Thursday afternoon, which occured with dozens of people walking and driving nearby. → Read More

Prayer Vigil Held For Victims of Halloween Mass Shooting in Garfield Park

An emotional prayer vigil was held Wednesday evening for the 14 victims of a mass shooting in East Garfield Park on Halloween evening. → Read More

NBC 5 and Telemundo's Hispanic Heritage Month Stories

NBC 5 and Telemundo produce aren’t just important during Hispanic Heritage Month. They reflect our community and the voices that represent them every day. → Read More

Emotional Vigil for West Ridge Shop Owner Killed in Attempted Armed Robbery

An emotional balloon release was held Thursday evening for a beloved West Ridge liquor store owner just steps from where he was shot to death Monday night during an attempted robbery. → Read More

As Brazen Chicago Carjackings Continue, Cook County Sheriff to Announce ‘Anti-Carjacking' Initiative

In 2021 alone, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Chicago saw 2,098 incidents of vehicular hijacking. → Read More

Alderman Seeks Answers After Multiple Abductions, Robberies in Wrigleyville

Fresh off of a meeting with Chicago’s 19th District Police Commander Monday, Alderman Tom Tunney contemplated the latest round of crime in his 44th Ward. → Read More

Chicago Sisters, Entrepreneurs Pay it Forward to Help Communities Celebrate Their Heritage

If you’ve spent time on Chicago’s thriving beauty, fashion and festival circuit, you likely know Michelle and Melissa Gomez, even if you don’t know their... → Read More

Jan. 6 Committee Votes Unanimously to Subpoena Former President Trump

In what could be a final attempt by the Jan. 6 Committee to show that former President Donald Trump knew that he lost the 2020 election, and took action to undermine those results, the committee has voted unanimously to subpoena Trump. → Read More

‘Cherish Every Second:' Witnesses Recount Scene After Toddler Killed in Albany Park Hit-and-Run

Authorities in Chicago have identified a 15-month-old boy who was struck and killed in a hit-and-run crash Monday afternoon, and witnesses are describing the scene after the horrific tragedy occurred. → Read More

Tinley Park Father Arrested, Charged in Murder of His Teen Daughter, Police Say

A Tinley Park man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly killed his daughter inside the family’s home earlier this week. → Read More

Friends Remember Tinley Park High School Senior Killed Just Weeks Before Graduation

One day after a Tinley Park high school senior was found dead, her friends and classmates expressed sadness and shared memories about the person they adored. → Read More

Woman Files Suit, Says Chicago Animal Control Put Dog Up for Adoption, Never Called Her

Karly Moran-West’s dog went missing from a Chicago backyard in January 2020 in what felt like a devastating loss for the city pet owner. But much to her surprise, Moran-West’s dog was found by Animal Care and Control in Chicago. Despite a red collar embroidered with her phone number, she said she was never contacted. → Read More

‘Please Come Forward:' Driver Sought in Jefferson Park Hit-and-Run Death

A heartbroken Elmwood Park woman is pleading for information that leads to the arrest of whoever struck and killed her mother, who died just months away from retirement. → Read More

Millions Set to Travel for Labor Day Weekend as Delta Variant Concerns Remain

Millions of eager Americans are expected to hit the roads and skies this Labor Day weekend, prompting new concerns about possible superspreader events across the country. → Read More

Police Employ License Plate Cameras to Combat Chicago Expressway Shootings

The Illinois State Police has started installing license plate reader cameras on expressways throughout the city of Chicago to quell increasing violence and the... → Read More

FBI Seeks Second Suspect in Killing of Security Guard During Gary Bank Robbery

The FBI was searching for a second person believed to have been involved in the fatal shooting of a security guard during a robbery at a Gary, Indiana, bank Friday, authorities said. → Read More