Howells & Hood
435 N Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL 60611
Mon – Wed: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Thu – Sat: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Downtown Chicago Restaurants Don’t Get More Vibrant
One would be hard-pressed to find a more upbeat, vibrant and energetic location on the Magnificent Mile. Howells & Hood offers a menu of items you may have seen before, but never done like this. Our Chefs add a brilliant twist to familiar favorites. With 114 unique local and global beers on draft, Howells & Hood offers the largest draft 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.
Howells & Hood’s Executive Chef Scott Walton and Bottleneck’s Corporate Executive Chef Paul Katz have collaborated on a menu that offers globally-inspired cuisine that is unique, refined and approachable. Walton brings his talent and reputation to Bottleneck’s kitchen, as he is one of Chicago’s foremost authorities on fresh and sustainable cuisine. The dishes reflect this dedication to brilliant execution and delicious fare.
With 114 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 requires their servers and bartenders to become “Certified Beer Servers,” which is the first level in Cicerone certification. A unique feat in the industry, this produces a knowledgeable staff, able to assist guests in choosing which brew to enjoy.
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 the space.
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.