Google released its annual list of top search terms, boiling down 2018 searches across the world, the United States and major cities. Nationally, top searches included the World Cup, Hurricane Florence, Mac Miller and Kate Spade. See how Chicago searches matched up in the slides below.
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All eyes were on Chicago as a jury convicted police officer Jason Van Dyke in October of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The Chicago police officer was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery and not guilty of official misconduct. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times on the city's Southwest Side on Oct. 20, 2014.
Watch Van Dyke's reaction to the verdict.
Aretha Franklin, revered for decades by adoring fans and fellow artists, died in August of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Musicians, celebrities and leaders in politics and business honored the legend who inspired so many with her powerhouse voice and renowned songs.
See her life in photos.
Grammy-nominated singer Demi Lovato was hospitalized in July in Los Angeles following a drug overdose. Nearly two weeks later, the 25-year-old pop star broke her silence with
a message to fans on Instagram. In November, she completed three months of treatment at a rehab center.
The Milwaukee Brewers were *this* close to making it to the World Series. They made it to the post-season for the first time since 2011 and defeated the Cubs, winning the division. They won the NLDS against the Colorado Rockies but couldn't make it past the Los Angeles Dodgers, losing in Game 7.
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The Mega Millions jackpot reached a staggering $1.6 billion in October, the second-biggest lottery in American history. A single ticket sold at the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina, matched all six numbers to win, but the identity of the winner may remain hidden forever because South Carolina is one of a handful of states that allow winners
to be anonymous.
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Disney's megahit "Black Panther" ruled the U.S. box office this spring, grossing more than $1.3 million by April. The pop culture sensation became the most tweeted about movie ever and the first Marvel Studios movie to score a Golden Globes nomination. The movie's director, Ryan Coogler, made TIME's shortlist of finalists for the magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year. The movie even inspired
a new Chicago festival..
Celebrity chef and world-traveling CNN host Anthony Bourdain was found dead in June in a hotel room in Kaysersberg. He was 61. CNN said the cause of death was suicide. He was remembered as a great storyteller who used food to get at the deeper bonds between people across borders.
Read more about his life here.
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Fashion icon Kate Spade was found dead in her Manhattan home in June. She was 55 years old. The New York City medical examiner's office ruled Spade died by hanging and confirmed it was a suicide. Andy Spade, the husband and business partner of the noted designer, said she suffered from depression and anxiety for years. Spade created Kate Spade New York, which began as a handbag company in 1993 and grew to be one of the country's most recognizable designer labels.
Read more about her life here.
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Mac Miller, the rapper, singer and record producer behind songs "Self Care" and "Smile Back," died in September at age 26. A coroner ruled his death an accidental overdose due to a combination of drugs and alcohol. The Pittsburgh native was in a two-year relationship with Ariana Grande that ended earlier this year.
Read more here.
"World Cup" led 2018 Google search trends both in Chicago and across the country. Here, France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates with the trophy after his team won 4-2 during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018.
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