BRAZILIAN BIRTHDAY: Carnivale is the place to be tonight as the restaurant holds a massive fifth birthday celebration. The festivities include live music in the bar and entertainment provided by BigTop JoJo and his Towering Show of Wonder. That means you'll be rubbing shoulders with a Stilt walker, Clown Troupe, Fire Breather, Cotortionist while eating Cotton Candy, Snow Cones and Brazilian fare from the menu. 6:30-11 p.m., 702 West Fulton Market, NO COVER
HOLIDAY PREP: Fall is in full swing, which means its time to start thinking about the holidays. The Affinia Chicago hotel and Chicago Collection magazine want to help you get a head start with the "In the Know: Home for the Holidays" lecture series event for entertaining enthusiasts. The magazine's associate editor Nicole Briese will be the featured guest speaker, along with three entertainment connoisseurs including Jeannie Balsam showcasing Breakfast in Bed, Amanda Puck demonstrating the Modern Cocktail Hour and Jeff Shuler on setting a formal table. 5:30-7:30 p.m., 166 East Superior, RSVP here.
WINE DOWN: Our favorite monthly wine bash kicks off tonight at Quartino. Tonight the focus is on Italian wines from the Veneto region produced by the Cantine Delibori Winery. Sample Soave, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Bianco, Bardolino Superiore, and the Valpolicella Classico. Franco Christoforetti, part of the original founding family of Cantine Delibori, will be on hand to pour and talk about his wines. Hors d'oeuvres such as Heirloom Tomatoes, Summer Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Roasted Peppers and Neapolitan Pizze are included in the admission price. 7-9 p.m., 626 N State, $20
BACK TO SCHOOOL: Mr Belding, the ornery principal from "Saved by the Bell," hits McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon tonight for a "Saved by the Booze" bash. Specials include $2 cans and $5 Bombs. Patrons are encouraged to dress like their favorite Saved by the Bell character, and the best look-a-like wins a cash prize. Or you could just take your shirt off and pretend you're Mario Lopez. It's a party you definitely wouldn't want your real principal to witness. 10 p.m.-4 a.m., 1206 North State Parkway, NO COVER