Howells & Hood is the epitome of a dualist restaurant. Built inside one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, the neo-Gothic facade of the Tribune Tower gives way to a multi-faceted sleek buildout hiding on the ground floor. And considering the addition of Scott Walton's massive and rustic menu, the dichotomy only becomes more striking.
A 300-seat outdoor patio in the tower promenade greets patrons and passers-by on Michigan Avenue, before a side door welcomes you into the space. Once inside, there's a large front room filled with 250 seats worth of booths and tables, before a back hallway leads to a room slightly more than half the size. Flat-screen TVs line many walls, shimmering off of copper trim. 360 draft faucets, fueled by underground lines to a separate room housing 670 kegs, powers bars in each section. A 25th floor private event space, overlooking the city, is where the building's history presents itself. The Gettysburg Address is engraved above the doorway.
Walton calls his executive chef position "the biggest challenge of my life." The location might not be challenging, where it's situated should provide ample traffic and spotlight. As far as the food, check out the menu below.