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Howells & Hood

1268 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
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!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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Cross street
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Parking details
St. Claire and Illinois Lower Level Surface Lots
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Public transit
-Grand Red Line
-Michigan Avenue Buses
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Private Events Spaces:
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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

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.

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What 1268 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBowtiementor (Detroit)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

What a great place to eat! The place was not as busy as you might expect for the center of downtown Chicago but that was a plus for us because we were not in the mood for waiting to eat.

The wait staff and the food were better than the rating I gave but I rated them in terms of all the places I've experienced in Chicago which may not be fair but I think appropriate. I felt that this place was great price, great ambience, and great food.

The drinks were awesome and they even provide samplers for the vast amount of craft beers they carry from across the country. I had the ribs and they were tender and moist with the right amount of sauce (that doesn't drip in your lap). Presentation of all the plates was really appropriate for what you would expect.

I plan to visit again on my next trip!

4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

5.0  Dined 5 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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

StephanieS (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service!

John52 (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

viplamar (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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

JoeRavenswood (Chicago)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

Twisterspal (Charlotte)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Very cold inside

vipChezBud (Miami)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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