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Chicagoans Googled ‘Brewers’ More Than ‘Cubs’ In 2018 (Also ‘Van Dyke Trial’), Data Shows

But Chicago's No. 1 search? The World Cup, as it turns out.

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DOWNTOWN — Chicago loves soccer — or watching the World Cup, anyway.

“World Cup” was the single most-searched term on Google by people in Chicago and throughout the United States in 2018, according to the search company.

Other standouts: Chicagoans searched for the Brewers enough that the Milwaukee-based team became the seventh-most-Googled term in the city. That’s no surprise as the team came from behind to steal the division from the Cubs, forcing Chicago’s boys in blue to play a wildcard game. The Cubs lost and were knocked out of the playoffs.

(Or maybe people were just really curious about where they could grab a beer?)

Chicagoans also searched for the “Van Dyke trial” as they looked for information about Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke, who in October was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of black teen Laquan McDonald.

Otherwise, the city’s top searches largely mirrored those of the entire United States, with Chicagoans searching for information about the Mega Millions lottery, “Black Panther” and celebrities.

Chicago’s top 10 Google searches:

  1. World Cup
  2. Mac Miller
  3. Kate Spade
  4. Anthony Bourdain
  5. “Black Panther”
  6. Mega Millions
  7. Brewers
  8. Demi Lovato
  9. Aretha Franklin
  10. Van Dyke trial

National top 10 Google searches:

  1. World Cup
  2. Hurricane Florence
  3. Mac Miller
  4. Kate Spade
  5. Anthony Bourdain
  6. “Black Panther”
  7. Mega Millions results
  8. Stan Lee
  9. Demi Lovato
  10. Election results