Permanently Closed - Howells & Hood

4.4
1424 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. An exceptional Michigan Avenue restaurant in a Chicago landmark. Nestled at the base of Chicago's legendary Tribune Tower, this stunning restaurant is a vibrant addition to Michigan Avenue and downtown Chicago. Incorporating signature Tribune elements into our design, Howells & Hood pays homage to John Howells and Raymond Hood, architects of the Neo-Gothic landmark. With a Modern American food menu, the largest craft beer selection in chicago, and impressive staff, Howells & Hood is sure to delight foodies and beer lovers alike.

Please note, we do not accept reservations for our patio tables. We will do our best to accommodate outdoor seating requests upon arrival. We look forward to serving you!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Sun-Thurs 11am - 11pm
Fri-Sat 11am - 12am
*kitchen closes 1 hr. prior. Please call ahead to check.
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Phone number
(312) 262-5310
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brett Faldstein
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Private party facilities
Located in the historic Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue, Howells & Hood has event space to host intimate dinners, weddings, large corporate events and everything in between. Impress your guests with the largest draft beer selection in Chicago & gourmet cuisine. Buyouts available.
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Private party contact
Erin Carroll: (866) 946-4056
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Cross street
Illinois
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Parking details
St. Claire and Illinois Lower Level Surface Lots
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Public transit
-Grand Red Line
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
Chicago
147 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We ate here for the last time today. Not because the restaurant is bad, it is a very nice place. Food is always good, service excellent, and the beer list is extensive. But this restaurant will close for good tomorrow as the building it is located in (Tribune tower) is undergoing renovations. We will miss you, Howells and Hood.

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LF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorites. So sad that it’s closing. Lucky that we were there the last day.

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TN
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Hamburger was good but just ok. Fish In the and chips were horrible. I’ve had better frozen. Staff was very nice.

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MF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a beautiful fall evening we sat outside and enjoyed an excellent meal. Service was good but not hovering. Food was very tasty!

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SC
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Great location, not so good service or food. It might have been an off night. I never know the circumstances so I don’t like to judge.
But they had lots of beer. Some were very happy!

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TT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

“Love waiting 10 minutes + to gwt a water after sitting down” - No one

Get it together....You’re better than this.

Very cool outside seating with below avg. waitstaff.

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SR
Memphis
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Menu was limited and the overall appeal of the place not that great. The only good thing was that is was located within walking distance of my hotel and the previous reviews made it sound better than it turned out.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice outdoor space with quality food and a great beer list

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very sad that this place is closing

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n
London
96 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Quiet evening so felt soulless as the inside dining and bar area is vast. Temperature felt chilly as doors were open. V nice helpful server but food v disappointing. Fish tacos were cold and tasteless, bread pudding was still cold and partly frozen in the middle. They did deduct this item from the bill. Good selection of beers were the only redeeming feature. Expensive for v mediocre food. Won’t go there again.

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S
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have liked this restaurant every time I've been here. This visit was no exception. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and very attentive. The Pretzel bites were fresh, warm and very tasty. I had the Risotto - exquisite!!! My dining partner had a burger and said it was one of the best ever.
So sad they have to close because of the Tribune Tower being sold for development. I'll miss their food and the wonderful outdoor patio dining experience. Buona Fortuna!!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I wasn’t happy with my meal at Howell’s and Hood. I ordered the steak, which was cooked beautifully, but it wasn’t the same steak meal I had during my first visit. My first visit the meal had delicious grilled vegetables with the streak. Yesterday’s steak was covered in these weird stringy pieces and really bad sauce. I regretted paying over $24 for a meal I didn’t enjoy. Nothing against the server, just the meal was not good and not met to my expectation. This was my birthday meal. Wish I could’ve enjoyed it fully like I did the first time I came.

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CH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was okay, but the portions were small for what you paid for. They have a LOT of beers in their on-tap menu, but they were out of several of the beers that I wanted, so it was disappointing. All-in-all, it was an okay experience. Definitely not a place I would frequent.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

When we arrived we were asked to wait while they got our table ready. We were then taken to an empty section and seated at a table of 8. We asked to sit in a booth and after much thought we were seated at the furthest back booth. We waited and waited and waited for some service but nothing. Eventually managed to spy a manager who sent the most reluctant server we have ever had. Service was ridiculous - we watched 2 other tables walk out.

Food was good and the risotto was tasty. No refills for the kids were offered and by then we had given up.

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a
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Everyone we come to Chicago we try to make it here to eat.

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OT
Chicago
147 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we are really going to miss this restaurant. They will close September 30 due to construction at the Tribune Tower. We have to get back before them. Our server was great.

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l
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kathleen was excellent. Great food and service

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SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not my favorite

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A
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great view of the city and fantastic food options for gluten-free folks like me! Ribs were great as well as the spicy cauliflower!

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LL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Outdoor seating and open air. Will definitely be back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We sat outside on their patio and when I went in for the bathroom, I got a bit disoriented because the door opens up to a musty smelling hallway where their servers receive food from the kitchen. I had eye contact with a server standing there talking to another server and wanted to ask if that was the right way to the restroom or if I came into the staff only section, the server whispered loudly to the other server “I’m not talking to her”, ignored my question and diverted her eyes.

Food was okay but the service was terrible.

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CL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

When we were escorted to our table we were told there were no other tables available. We had a reservation but were put in the back to sit on very uncomfortable seats. We saw other people being escorted to other tables. We felt we were lied to. I wanted to leave but husband said stay because we were there. Our waiter was fine. The seats were extremely uncomfortable. I saw 4 other people escorted to table next to us, asked for a different seat and were moved. Not us. The escorted lied. We will not go back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Last night I went for dinner and we sat inside. First of all, I think the air conditioner was broken because it was so hot and humid we could barely breathe. We got our waters and decided to stick it out.

About 10 minutes in however, we were surrounded by multiple fruit flies. No windows were open. I hate flies and always kill them; I killed between 5-7 within 5 minutes. But they just kept COMING (as fruit flies do) and were flying in our faces and around our drinks/appetizers. It was to the point where we couldn’t just ignore it.

We informed our waitress (we were very polite, it wasn’t her fault) and she said she could move us to the booth behind us. We could see even more flies surrounding that booth so we asked if there was anything available outside or in another area. She got a little snippy but went to check with the manager.

Next thing you know, a manager comes over and rudely says “I hear you don’t like our seats here. We’ve found something outside for you.” And begins to walk away, expecting us to follow. So we did. She seats us on the patio, and as she’s putting down our appetizer plate, she says: “And just an FYI, there will be bugs out here too.” Then rolled her eyes and walked away.

The food was pretty good and the patio was pleasant. But never in my life has a MANAGER treated my dining group so poorly. We were very nice and appreciative towards both the waitress and the manager. Howells & Hood is a generally a reliable spot with lots of beers and pretty good food, but this experience has absolutely changed my perception. I won’t be going back any time soon.

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PO
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic. She, more than anything, made our day. It is difficult, I think, to find young people these days who can at least make eye contact with old people, let alone converse with them. Our server was outstanding.

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C
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful presentation of food as well as taste. Will definitely go back again. While not directly on the river, the food is so much better than what is offered at the riverside restaurants.

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SP
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is attractive; the building is awesome - be sure to walk around the outside walls to see all the historic architectural pieces embedded in the wall. The food was good and reasonably priced. Unfortunately, it was too noisy (at 6:30 - 7:30) to hold a conversation which was disappointing.

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SH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Ok value, not great food. Horrible service. Would not go back.

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MS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Any burger (the Homestead is fabulous) or anything with pulled pork is terrific. Huge beer menu.

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waiter didn’t offer any specials so we asked and he went through a 5 minute tirade on the Asian ginger salad and how it was terrible - he didn’t like it - and thought it was disgusting. He sort of went into the ingredients (btw I would have ordered it) but then finished it with a comment of “no one with good taste would order it”. Welp.

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PG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went there with a big group for a birthday lunch, service was very good, food acceptable and overall a very nice experience for american kitchen. what it is best there is the location, beautiful view of the city and in a very vibrant part of the loop, highly recommended if you are trying to spend a good time, food is fine, nothing out of the normal but good taste and great portions.

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t
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Served food quickly so we could get to our play. Waiter was attentive but not annoying. Outdoor seating was wonderful.

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j
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant place in a great location though it did get a bit loud. Fish and chips was very good.

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K
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was easy to book online and the restaurant is in a great location. Make sure to view the front of the Tribune Building to see the artifacts. We went on the architecture book tour and then walked through the new apple store before lunch. All easy to do with a 6 and 3 year old. I am a vegan and they accommodated me and my children as they had a solid children's menu. Great craft beer.

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PR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great list of beer. However a couple options were out. Burger was delicious, but there was a lack of pulled pork on the smokehouse burger. Had a solid experience, but not exceptional.

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DS
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jesse is such a great server! Friendly and so helpful!! The drinks were great and the food was terrific... best ahi tuna tacos around!

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RH
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great wine list. 5 stars isn’t enough. Surf and turf were phenomenal

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TP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

First, although more than half the outdoor tables were empty, staff were asking people to wait up to 30 mins to be seated outside. We chose to dine inside. The waiter was wholly inattentive. He did ask for our drinks order before he took our lunch order. He never came to check if we wanted refills on our drinks during the meal and never came to see how the food was. I was also very disappointed to see that the Rueben was off the menu as that was the best one I’ve had since moving to Chicago. Will find a new go to place for future lunch meetings.

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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great appetizers.

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a
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great patio and great beer. Menu is well fitted for a casual meal.

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LN
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

120+ beers on tap. Easy to arrange a flight of tasters, 6oz x4. Outdoor seating, cozy booths, lots of plants, view of skyline, on MI Ave, vibrant atmosphere, all ages, progressive comfort food, helpful wait staff.

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