Due to Tribune Tower construction, we closed our doors on September 30th, 2018.

Please consider visiting our sister restaurant Sweetwater.

Downtown Chicago Restaurant

Howells & Hood was a stunning restaurant on Michigan Avenue from March 2013 to September 2018. The ongoing lengthy construction projet of the Tribune Tower meant that continuing to operate a successful restaurant was no longer an option. Howells was a wonderful part of Bottleneck Management's portfolio that is dearly missed.

One would be hard-pressed to find a more upbeat, vibrant and energetic location in Downtown Chicago; Howells & Hood is located in the heart of the action, on the Magnificent Mile, and offers a modern American food menu full of items you may have seen before, but never done like this. Our chefs add brilliant twists to familiar favorites, while using as much local and seasonal produce as possible. With 119 different craft beers on tap, pouring from 360 taps across 3 bars, Howells & Hood offers the largest draft beer selection in the city, and likely, the world.

Located in the base of Chicago’s iconic Tribune Tower, Howells & Hood pays homage to the building’s architects, John Howells and Raymond Hood, who were selected from more than 260 entrants in The Tribune Tower competition of 1922. More on the history of the building here.

The Menu

Howells & Hood’s Executive Chef Brett Faldstein and Bottleneck’s Corporate Executive Chef Paul Katz have collaborated on a menu that offers globally-inspired cuisine that is unique, refined and approachable. The chefs bring their talents to the kitchen, producing dishes that reflect a dedication to brilliant execution and delicious fare.

The Beer

With 119 different local and global beers available at any given time, Howells & Hood features 360 draft faucets from which beer is pulled from a glassed-in beer cooler. Guests can belly up to any one of the three bars, each with 120 faucets, to sample one—or more—of Howells & Hood’s well-chosen and carefully-sourced brews. The team works with many local craft beer distributors that are able to deliver in small quantities, which helps control inventory. Bottleneck focuses on beer education during training, challenging their servers and bartenders with a thorough, 60 question beer test to ensure they are knowledgeable, and able to assist guests in choosing which brew to enjoy.

The Space

With a nod to the Tribune Tower’s rich history, and a modern eye, Howells & Hood spans 17,300 square feet of indoor space, as well as a 5,700 square foot outdoor patio. With meticulous attention to detail, boasting copper-topped bars, tables and booths, stainless steel accents, exposed rivets and dark wood throughout, the one-of-a-kind design is reminiscent of the printing press formerly housed in the space. Twenty-nine 50”-60” flat-screen TVs are also hung throughout.

Outdoor seating on Pioneer Court features a 300-seat patio, complete with two granite-topped communal tables for 16, equipped with fire features. Within this lush landscaped area, guests can sit beneath oversized umbrellas on warm summer afternoons and enjoy infrared heating on cool evenings. A pavilion bar with 25 seats allows guests to enjoy Howells & Hood’s unparalleled beer selection outdoors. There is truly nothing like it on Michigan Avenue.

Further information on our Private Event spaces can be found here