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About Howells & Hood

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!

435 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 11am - 11pm
Fri-Sat 11am - 12am
*kitchen closes 1 hr. prior. Please call ahead to check.

Cross Street:
Illinois

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 262-5310

Website:
http://www.howellsandhood.com/

Parking Details:
St. Claire and Illinois Lower Level Surface Lots

Public Transit:
-Grand Red Line
-Michigan Avenue Buses

Executive Chef:
Brett Faldstein

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Private Events Spaces:
http://www.howellsandhood.com/private-parties-pages-304.php

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Private Dining

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.

Howells & Hood Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Great Beer (29)
Good for Groups (22)
Casual (21)
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Great for Lunch (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Fun (13)
Live Sports (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Business Meals (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Scenic View (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Cozy (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Late-night Find (5)
People Watching (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Authentic (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Waterfront (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Had a great meal on a Saturday night in February. Friendly wait staff, food was good, not to noisy.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Live Sports, Comfort Food
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·Dined 2 days ago

Enjoyed the wide variety of beer. The appetizers were delicious and we loved the fish tacos! Great ambience and service! A great spot in Chicago!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Waiter could have been quicker and more attentive but was very friendly

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Love this place. Can’t say enough good things about it. Get the French Onion Soup and the Risotto - amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We were rushed because the restaurant was having an employee party that evening. They could have told us that when we made the reservation. Fish tacos were fried and hard. Thanks but no thanks.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a great experience. The food was phenomenal! I definitely recommend any of their cheeseburgers. Our waitress was a little weird but other than that we had a great time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great place for lunch and a beer while your downtown shopping.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Casual, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was terrific as was the service. Will definitely come back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Leave this restaurant to desperate tourists. It is a great location on Michigan Ave. very convenient to a lot of attractions and restaurants that take a bit more time and care. The ambiance is nice. I liked the quotes around the lobby but you can do way better a block off Michigan for less money

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was very typical and didnt give me a reason to pick this restaurant over anywhere else. Our waitress was very disappointing, she didn’t provide silverware, ignored the table and rarely checked if we needed anything. It wasn’t busy so I was surprised.

I’ve been here before with friends for drinks and had a decent time. I suggest sticking to some beers and getting food elsewhere. They also serve wine in massive beakers which was a plus.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Sports
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always a favorite. The food and service are always top notch. The cauliflower appetizer is wonderful, and the on-tap beer selection is amazing. Never disappointed and always a spot we consider when in the city.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

If you're a beer lover, then you can't go wrong with Howells & Hood. 120 beers on tap. The ribs and pulled BBQ are pretty good as well. Typical sports bar atmosphere.

Tags: Great Beer, Live Sports, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was great... great beer menu . is in a fantastic location , right off Michigan ave , and river

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Scenic View, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Very cold inside

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Service was really good. Food was unique and interesting. Great work lunch or after work hangout.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our party thought we were getting the Hangover Brunch of 2017 due to the incorrect reading of Google information by one of the seniors, me. It turned into a wonderful morning normal brunch food, lunch food or multiple choices. The Bloody Marys were excellent. Our waitress had so much personality we all really enjoyed her attentiveness and sense of humor. What, no senior discount LOL

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very upset with my experience. First off I went for NYE after seeing their promotion for their “NYE PARTY”. They said they would have a DJ and videographer- both no where to be found. It was also dead. Not one person at the bar. I guess their promo didn’t go well but it would have been nice to have been called and told that the party was no longer a party. My boyfriend and I were visiting from NY and looking for a fun, upbeat restaurant to give us the NYE vibe while still having an intimate dinner.

The place has such potential and seems like it could be a fun place with the big bar and open space, however the service I had was weird. Barely saw the waitress and when we did she didn’t hide that she didn’t want to be there. She also sent over another waitress to ask us questions (that waitress was much better anyway). I have to say the drinks were great and creative, but overpriced for the experience. Finally we both ordered the risotto and it was WAYYY to salty and I even like a lot of salt. It’s as if they accidentally dropped too much salt when cooking.

I had high hopes for this place and was really disappointed as I was in town for only two days and that night being NYE which is a night to celebrate. Wish I never went.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service. Our server was very attentive and responded quickly to any requests.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I tried to make it for their late brunch but being a holiday weekend Saturday (Christmas Eve Eve), they ended it early due to lack of demand. I changed my mind to a mid-afternoon snack and ordered their stew, which was quite delicious, as well as a flight of limited edition stout from Deschutes Brewery (a taste of Oregon!) for before and after. I felt refreshed, rejuvenated and content for the rest of the afternoon through the late dinner that I had scheduled that evening. And a very convenient location, after my visit to the new Apple Store!

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food was fair, but nothing great. I had fish and chips...the batter on the fish was doughy. The fries were ok. The slaw was different and not the type that I would prefer. Service was good.

Tags: Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I had the best burger off my life! I forgot the name of it, but it had bbq pork, onion jam, onion rings etc on it. I would def go back just for that burger. Bartender did mess up my drink, though. Had to return it cuz we had to leave. Still very good good

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was not good. More like “Chili’s and very over priced for dull food. Cocktails were $15 for subpar drinks. An outrage.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I have enjoyed dining at Howells and Hood for at least four times. Very good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great beer selection. Fish tacos were great and service was very good.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

So it’s a great location, they have a great beer menu but otherwise it was nothing special. They have a big check in area with unfriendly folks checking you in. Service was intermittent, food came out fairly quickly and wasn’t bad but certainly nothing special. They need to turn it up a notch somehow to make it more memorable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

They have a lot of beers.

They were a little bit slow.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The BBQ chicken salad was average at best and they left out one of the ingredients!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Portions were exceptional. My wife had an excellent Reuben on the sandwich side and I enjoyed a delicious meatloaf entre that had a distinctive sauce.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Another outstanding evening at this wonderful restaurant at Tribune Tower. Our server Nikki was terrific and food knowledgeable. We loved the Kung Pao Cauliflower bites starter as much as the umami-rich Kohlrabi Dragon Noodles w/ shaved ribeye. And don't hesitate if you're a BBQ fan. The house-smoked slab of ribs was hugely rewarding. Everything was tasty, imaginative, and beautifully plated !
Manager Jay stopped by our table to see how we were enjoying our evening and we assured him everything was very right at Howells & Hood on the Mag Mile.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Howells and Hood was a great new find for us! We come to this area of Chicago about 4 times a year and had no idea that Howells and Hood existed! It is not a place that you will just happen past as it is located inside the Chicago Tribune building. Maybe for that reason, it was not busy at all after Hamilton, where other similar restaurants had a 1-2 hour wait. The staff was friendly and efficient, the food was good, and the atmosphere was just what we were looking for--quiet and casual. This will become a regular stop for us!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Casual, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Dinner was exceptional.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Overall really good, they were out of one of the appetizers and a few of the beers but everything we had was really good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Love this place, although unusually loud compared to going in the past. So sad it’s closing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great place for reasonably priced bar food and craft beer, our server Justin was extremely attentive despite being very busy with far bigger parties than us. Never left waiting for another drink and the choice of beers was excellent.
We enjoyed the atmosphere and the people watching.
Would definitely re-visit.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Travel vacation

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great sports bar. Food was good. Great craft beer selection. Would go again.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer, Casual, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

They were very accomodating. I was only able to book an 8:45pm reservation on open table but I needed it for 8pm. They called to verify the reservation the day before and was more than happy to move my reservation up to 8pm. The short rib dip on garlic bread was amazing and their adult beverages were nice and stiff 😁

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Overall the restaurant was pretty good. The only downside is for some reason we were sat all the way in the back of the restaurant for a table of six. The back of the restaurant has an atmosphere like we were stuck in the closet. The better atmosphere is at the front where you come in. Not sure why we were put in the back....if there's a next time I'm certainly not going to go for it.
Overall food was really good. Staff was really good as well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food and service good. Menu somewhat limited. Would visit again.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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