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Article updated: 10/31/2012 12:10 PM

The Suburbs This Weekend: Pizza, pom poms, small soldiers and Gilbert

By Sean Stangland

Pizza, pom poms, small soldiers and Gilbert Gottfried are among those selected by Richard Battin and Sean Stangland for The Suburbs This Weekend.

Sean's picks

Who makes Palatine's best pizza? Decide for yourself from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at the annual pizza showdown hosted by the Palatine Jaycees. More than 20 Palatine-area pizza restaurants, including Artistic Cuisine, Papa Saverios, Slice of Chicago, Pizza Bella and Vini's Pizza, will put their pies and reputations on the line. A $10 donation gets you samples and a ballot. Durty Nellie's Bar and Grill, 120 N. Smith St., Palatine. Details at (847) 604-0288 or palatinejaycees.org.

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried may have been fired as the voice of the Aflac duck, but you can't stop him from doing standup. Catch him at three Zanies locations this weekend: 1548 N. Wells St., Chicago, (312) 337-4027; Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342; and 5437 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 813-0484. $25 plus a two-item menu purchase. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Chicago; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in St. Charles; 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Rosemont.

Richard's picks

Athletes from Kindergarten through High School will compete Saturday at the Cheeribean: 2012 Cheer and Poms Competition, a qualifying event for the Illinois Recreational Cheerleading Association's State Championship. Cheer them on at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. $8. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com. 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

An estimated 20 miniatures dealers display and sell their products at Cantigny's Toy Soldier Show in the visitors center at Cantigny Park and First Division Museum, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Guests can see the works of dealers who make and paint toy figures, both military and civilian. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle ($2 before 10 a.m.). (630) 668-5161 or cantigny.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4

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