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visited here with colleagues, but look forward to returning with my date. Although regulars sing its praises, the classically elegant restaurant is just off the beaten path enough to make it accessible, which, in Chicago, means there are nights you can pop in without a reservation and score a seat. Sophisticated but without airs, the restaurant sits in a former 1890s print shop, and its vintage photos and glamorous chandeliers perfectly mix old with new. Chef Andrew Zimmerman’s (not to be confused with Andrew Zimmern, of Bizarre Foods fame) ever-evolving seasonal menu brings together Mediterranean, French, and American influences, but regardless of what you choose, expect simple, fresh flavors. For starters, order the seasonal soup, whatever it is. Zimmerman truly shines here. The tea-smoked duck breast and skate wing (deboned tableside, something I’d never seen before with skate) are also standouts, and don’t leave until you’ve sampled the sweet potato pecan pie. Tip: To save money, visit Sepia at lunchtime. The lunch menu has quite a bit of overlap with the dinner menu, but for far less.