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Dining news: Free ice cream, DMK nixes straws, Gold Coast spots hit
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

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—Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya, 1482 N. Milwaukke Ave., has several summer specials and treats that are available now. For example, Kizuki will give away FREE Japanese matcha ( green tea ) soft-serve ice cream with any purchase when the temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The complimentary ice cream will be available now through Tuesday, Aug. 1. Among other treats, Kizuki is offering Shochu sake-infused gummy bears for $6 and sangria popsicles for $9 each.

—DMK Restaurants—Chicago proprietors of DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, Ada Street, County BBQ, Henry's, The Rec Room, Werewolf Coffee Bar, Marshall's Landing and Tavernonna ( Kansas City )—announced that all of its properties have eliminated straws in an effort to protect the environment. Co-Owners Michael Kornick and David Morton have removed straws in the past from their seafood concept, Fish Bar.

—Motivated by a January shooting near State and Division streets that wounded three—including an off-duty Cook County sheriff's deputy—city inspectors have shut down three Division Street clubs: Detention, Primary Night Club and Room Seven, Eater Chicago noted. They also closed Palette, the restaurant that opened in May from the chef behind Batter & Berries. Inspectors raided the area and cited the establishments for various building violations including electrical and structural issues.

—Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St., is marking National Lobster Month with special menu items. Menu offerings include lobster maki, tacos, roll, fettucine and a 1.5-pound lobster boil with potatoes, corn and sausage. See .

—Square Roots, the one-of-a-kind craft beer and music experience, returns to Lincoln Square July 7-9 with more than 50 acts on four stages, and 30 regional craft brews paired with Lincoln Square restaurants and local artisans. ( Bistro Campagne, Jerry's, Dinky Donuts and Taco in a Bag are just a few of the food vendors. ) Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature music, dance parties, free music lessons and jams, and plenty of family-friendly activities. See .

—The Roscoe Village Burger Fest will take place July 8-9 in Roscoe Village at Belmont and Damen avenues at 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Some of the acts slated to perform include Kongos, Marty Casey, Wedding Banned, 16 Candles and Cassettes on Tape. Burger vendors will include Kuma's Corner, Billy Goat Tavern, Mrs. Murphy & Sons and VPT, among others. See .

—The Red Balloon Co. ( 1940 N. Damen Ave., in Bucktown; 3651 N. Southport Ave., in Lake View ) will host an ice-cream social July 8, 12-2 p.m. oat the Lake View location and July 9, 12-2 p.m., at the Bucktown site. A truck will be parked in front of both stores; people can stop inside the store to get a ticket for free ice cream ( one per person ). See or call 855-489-9800.

—Angelo's Wine Bar, 3026 W. Montrose Ave., has a new 700-square-foot patio that opened June 20. Guided by Executive Chef Julia Helton, Angelo's menu is organized into appetizers, pasta, pizza and Per La Tavola ( small plates for sharing ). A few of Angelo's items include spring risotto ( $16 ), cacio e pepe ( $11 ), roasted skin-on salmon ( $14 ) and lamb lollipops ( $16 ). See

—Roots Handmade Pizza has unveiled new happy hour specials at both its West Town and Lincoln Square locations. Diners can indulge in half-priced appetizers like Roots' award-winning nozzarella sticks, fried ravioli and loaded hummus. Guests can also get half-priced chef specialty pizzas, choosing from tasty, one-of-a-kind creations like lemongrass sausage pizza from Chef Bill Kim of urbanbelly, chili cheese curd pizza from Chef Rick Ortiz of Antique Taco, and bacon & Brussels pizza from Chef Ed Sura of NoMI. See .

—In honor of July being the seventh month, SafeHouse Chicago is celebrating with a special 007-themed cocktail, the Solitaire Sangria. Named after the famed Bond Girl played by Jane Seymour, the cocktail will be available for $7, with $2 of every purchase being donated to United Way of Greater Chicago.

—The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is partnering with Hotel Felix to introduce Chicago's first ever "Huron Street International Passport": a special offering of select culinary fare from Italy, Japan, France, and the U.S.A at the hotels' restaurants that's available through Sept. 30. Each passport will expire exactly seven days after its purchase, and stops include Dolce Italian, I/O Godfrey, Troquet and Taketei. The passport ( a $50 value ) is $39; visit .

—Freevo, a membership-based mobile app offering free food and drinks throughout the city, has launched in Chicago. The app has involved users and more than 150 partner restaurants covering the greater Chicago area, including Sayat Nova ( Streeterville ), Mama Milano's Pizza Bar ( Old Town ) and Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed ( Lake View ). See .

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