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The Suburbs This Weekend: 1.9-mile maze, hidden gnomes, beers galore, Mavis Staples

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A 1.9-mile maze, hidden gnomes, Mavis Staples and ecclectic American cuisine at a Rosemont restaurant are among events mentioned by Richard Battin and Sean Stangland in this week's The Suburbs This Weekend.

Sean's picks
Park Tavern
5433 Park Place, Rosemont
(847) 349-5151;
Cuisine: Ecclectic American
Setting: Spacious room anchored by grand bar
Entrees: $11 to $33
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Wednesday; 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday
More than 30 beers on tap, from local brews like Two Brothers and Metropolitan to those further afield like New Holland and Lagunitas
Animal Tots: Tots get nacho-platter treatment with pulled pork, cheese curds and a sauce made from Bell's Kalamazoo brew.
Dinner plates range from street vendor tacos, chicken, brisket and ribs smoked on site, hefty sandwiches, burgers and a handful of steak and seafood options.
The Mexibano featured richly smoked and shredded pork, bacon and chihuahua cheese and a pile of cilantro-studded rice on the side

R&B royaltyFrom her gospel roots to her long-lasting R&B musical career, Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples still shows that she's got it. See Staples in concert Saturday at Elgin Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. $35-$38. (847) 622-0300 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17

Richard's picks

The World's Largest Park District Maze
Beginning today through November, Richardson Farm
9407 Richardson Rd., Spring Grove.
$13; $10 for kids 4-12; free for kids 3 and under . 815-675-9729
The park features a new 1.9 mile maze, one of five on the property.

Gnome hunt
Wed through Feb. 28 at the Morton Arboretum ,4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle.
Free with museum admission, $6-$12 | 630-968-0074. Children can play a game of hide and seek with the arboretum's garden gnomes.

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