Tonight: Vital Nights Party

Plus: Dralion on stage and Quartino's wine bash


VITAL NIGHTS: Hit Nacional 27 tonight for one of the very popular Vital Nights fundraising events. Mingle with fellow young professionals over Bacardi cocktails and passed tapas and enjoy the sounds of violinist Katarina Visnevska and DJ Luv Jones. Vital Bridges helps men, women and children impacted by HIV and AIDS build healthier lives. 6-9 p.m., 325 W Huron, Tickets $25-$30

HIGH FLYING: Cirque du Soleil's new show, "Dralion," is on stage at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates for eight performances only through January 30. Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters. Tickets $35-$100 available here or 1-888-SEARSTIX(732-7784)

WINE BASH: Tonight, Quartino's popular monthly wine bash features an array of wines by Garafoli, the producer of Quartino’s house wines, which are their most popular selections on the menu. Wines are paired with ample bites by Executive Chef John Coletta, such as Roasted Peppers, Beet and Walnut Salad and passed assorted Neapolitan pizze, bruchetta and grilled vegetables. Get there early to snag a table for you and your friends. 7-9 p.m., 626 N State, $20 at the door

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