Mojito at Carnivale (Carnivale )
Carnivale 702 W. Fulton Market 312-850-5005
The restaurant celebrates its seventh anniversary with $7 ropa vieja, $7 guacamole and $7 mojitos and entertainment including Vegas-style showgirls, live music, a photo booth and sideshow acts including a fire breather, bed of nails performer, stilt walker and more. 6:30-9:30 p.m. No cover.
South Branch 100 S. Wacker Drive 312-546-6177
Just for the record, Oktoberfest doesn't have to be exclusively about beer. With that in mind, the Loop restaurant offers a seasonal, traditional wiener schnitzel (breaded and pan-fried veal) entree served with warm German potato salad ($14.99). 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Lockwood 17 E. Monroe St. 312-917-3404
Wine lovers, this one's for you: Sip and swirl at the Loop restaurant's Regional Wine Journey, where sous chef Valeria Benner leads a Uniqueness of Rhone Wines class featuring six rouge and blanc varietals plus a dessert wine—all served with bites Benner creates to pair with the tastings. 6-7 p.m. $25. RSVP required.
Up Comedy Club 230 W. North Ave., 3rd floor 312-662-4562
Comedian Charlie Murphy, who's best known as an actor-writer on "Chappelle's Show"—and as the brother of that other comedian, Eddie Murphy—kicks off six shows at The Second City's stand-up stage. 8 p.m. $30.
Open Books 213 W. Institute Place 312-475-1355 ext. 100
The non-profit literacy center and bookstore celebrates the release of J.K. Rowling's novel for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," with the wizard-friendly Growing Up with Harry Potter celebration featuring themed games, refreshments and music by wizardly rock band Tonks and the Aurors. Copies of the new book are available for $28 (regularly $35). 8 p.m. No cover.
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Get tickets now for Wednesday's Independent Spirits Expo and check the calendar for additional Chicago Craft Spirits Week events: craftspiritweekchicago.com.