Red Eye Chicago: Howells & Hood to open in Tribune Tower

January 27th, 2013

Everything about Howells & Hood, the new restaurant and bar set to open in March on the street level of Tribune Tower, feels huge.

The street-level space measures 17,300 square feet, and will contain three full bars, 360 draft beer lines, two DJ booths and a private dining room complete with mechanically fogging windows. TVs are being installed along many of its walls, and French doors open onto a 300-seat patio on Pioneer Court that eventually will be home to two 26-foot, heated umbrellas, 16-foot fire tables and a clear view of the Trump and Wrigley buildings. If all rooms and the patio were filled, the restaurant could accomodate approximately 800 guests.

"We're combining the best of the best of what we've done with our other restaurants," said Chris Bisaillon, a co-owner of Bottleneck Management, the group that owns Howells & Hood as well as Old Town Pour HouseThe Boundary and Sweetwater. "Though it's a lot more upscale food."