Work has begun on a 15-story condominium building known as Embry, located at 21 N May Street in West Loop. The 207-foot-tall boutique tower will replace a pair of previously demolished masonry buildings along the relatively quiet May Street, just north of the busier Madison Street intersection. Given its height, the tower would have ranked 24th in Chicago YIMBY’s 2021 countdown of tallest construction developments.
Led by Chicago-based Sulo Development, this latest residential addition is set to yield a total of 58 units, ranging in size from two- to four-bedroom residences and 1,828 to 5,187 square feet. Select units will be multiple levels, while most units will accommodate a den in addition to the living room. Prices begin at just under $1.3 million for a two-bedroom unit, while the higher end of the price range has not yet been revealed for penthouse units.
The condominium interiors have been curated by Kara Mann with multiple interior palettes from which to choose. Units come with wide range of features like natural wood details, extra wide wood plank floors, an Atelier Jouvence fireplace, arched doorways, high ceilings, wide hallways, and extra space for hosting and prep in the kitchen. Kitchens also come with appliance brands such as Miele, Subzero, and Wolf.
Not only will there be a double-height lobby, but also 7,000 square feet of amenities throughout the building. These spaces include an open-air fire pit deck, an indoor/outdoor fitness center, a putting green, and a resident lounge.
The architectural design by Lamar Johnson Collaborative takes an Art Deco-inspired approach, whose exterior is made up of recessed private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, dark metal spandrel paneling, and textured bronze metal paneling. The massing also integrates various setbacks for a slight tapering effect.
The building will be connected to various public transportation options, including bus transit for Route 20 just paces to the southeast at the intersection of Madison & Aberdeen. Additional service for Route 8 can be found via a 10-minute walk east to Halsted & Madison. For CTA L service, the Green and Pink Lines at Morgan station are located via a nine-minute walk northeast, while the Blue Line at Racine station is a 10-minute walk southwest.
According to an article by Crain’s Chicago Business, 22 of the 58 units are already under contract as of last month, though this figure may have increased in recent weeks. McHugh Construction is serving as general contractor, with a completion date penned for spring 2023.