Sometime this fall Google pushed out a change that puts the google logo/search bar in the tabs home page. Clicking on the search bar in the middle of the page is just a dirty trick, it redirects you to the omnibar anyways. And it takes up a ton of screen space. Lame. here is the fix.
In the address bar type:
On that page, search for (using Ctrl+F) “Instant Extended API“.
Then select disable and restart chrome.