Site Visit: Howells and Hood

By Lesley Grissum, August 13, 2013

HowellsandHoodMainA globally inspired food and beverage experience, Howells and Hood opened in Chicago’s iconic Tribune Tower in March. Located on the city’s Magnificent Mile, the restaurant incorporates Tribune elements into its design, paying homage to the neo-Gothic landmark’s architects, John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood. The interior’s 17,300 square feet of space features copper-topped bars, tables and booths, stainless steel accents, exposed rivets and dark wood throughout, reminiscent of the printing press that previously occupied the space. A 5,700-sq.-ft. outdoor patio offers seating for 300—including two granite-topped communal tables—and is equipped with fire features. Guests can sit beneath large umbrellas on warm days and enjoy infrared heating when it’s cool. There is also a 25-seat pavilion bar.

Several spaces are available for private events at Howells and Hood. The East Banquet Room is ideal for large groups, accommodating 250 for receptions or 160 seated. It features retractable, floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking a patio, a built-in DJ booth, room for a dance floor, 11 TVs and a private bar with 114 beers on tap. The adjoining patio can host cocktail parties for 200 or dinner functions for 125 and can be rented in conjunction with the East Banquet Room. The West Patio offers views of North Michigan Avenue, the Wrigley Building and the Chicago River, and accommodates up to 50 guests. Inside, the private dining room is surrounded by glass-paneled doors that can be covered in fog for privacy. A copper-topped boardroom table and two 50-in. TVs adorn the room, which holds 20 for receptions or seats 16. The Crown is another available space, located on Tribune Tower’s 25th floor. The space holds up to 75 people and has an indoor lounge and a veranda nestled in the building’s flying buttresses. Guests can enjoy a copper-topped bar, a 60-in. TV, AV capabilities and catering options from Howells and Hood.

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