Put on your fancy pants.
Fashioning the Object
What: Fashion goes way beyond the runway with the exhibition of films, objects, printed materials, and photography related to the collections of three hyper-innovative designers.
Why: Swedish photographer Ola Bergengren’s stirring fashion shots of Sandra Backlund’s sculptural knitwear.
When: Sat.-Sept. 13.
Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., at Adams St. (312-443-3600). Museum admission is $18.
Architecture & Design Film Festival
What: Thirty-three films (grouped into fifteen programs) explore everything from the creation of the office cubicle to the rebuilding of Detroit.
Why: Don’t miss Eames: the Architect and the Painter, a James Franco-narrated documentary about the life and partnership of Ray and Charles Eames.
When: Thru Mon. Eames, Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m. Complete schedule online at adfilmfest.com.
Where: Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., b/t Waveland Ave. & Grace St. (773-871-6604). Tickets ($11 per program) online at musicboxtheatre.com.
What: The food and fashion market springs up with home goods from Honor & Folly; eats from Antique Taco; and clothing from C/Fan, Frei Designs, and Petiole NYC.
Why: Complimentary cocktails from Nellcôte/Pour Souls mixologist Tim Williams, throwback items from Ladybug Vintage, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, and more.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St., b/t Peshtigo & McClurg Cts. Tickets online ($8) at dosemarket.com or at the door ($10).
The CHIRP Record Fair & Other Delights
What: Dig up vinyl gems while DJs play at Chicago Independent Radio Project’s annual sale.
Why: Wax on.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., at Loomis St. Admission is $7.
What: Score big on clothing and accessories from Eskell, Penelope’s, City Soles, Tangerine, and Psychobaby.
Why: Round up a fresh spring wardrobe.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 1564 N. Damen Ave., at North Ave., 3rd flr. Info at 773-486-0830. Admission is free.
Photo: Courtesy of Boudicca