More Embry? Sure, why not

Two visits to Embry, actually. August 28, and September 7.

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Embry rises above street level at 21 North May

Embry, the 15-story, 58-unit condo building from Sulo Development, has begun its rise in the West Loop, adjacent to its sister development from Sulo, Hayden West Loop. Designed by Lamar Johnson Collaborative, and being built by McHugh Construction (and Concrete), Embry will include a sweet suite of amenities for condo owners, including a gym, and dog walk and spa, an outdoor terrace, and chef’s kitchen. Sulo plans to have units move-in ready in Spring 2023.

The following two galleries (bonus!) of photos were taken August 17 and July 29, respectively. Amazing what progress has been made coming up out of the excavation in just three weeks.


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Embry plants a tower crane at 21 North May

Embry, 21 North May, West Loop
The Embry tower crane stub. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it.

The tower crane has been planted, and planted deep, at Embry in the West Loop. So deep, in fact, that I not been tipped off to the first segment being delivered (Thanks, @jrock1449!) I might have walked past the site without noticing it.

Okay, that’s ridiculous. I definitely would have still peered through the fence to see what was going on. But the crane really is planted deep in the ground, so the top base section sits below the height of the construction fence.

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There are piles of piles to drive at Embry

Piles o’ plies at Embry

Caissons are done, but foundation work continues for Embry at 21 North May in the West Loop. A 270-degree tour around the site last week shows piles have been driven into the ground, and a bunch more sat at the ready for their turn in the soil. That’s the firm of McHugh & McHugh (Construction & Concrete) on the job out there, getting this 16-story, 58-unit condo building from Sulo Development ready to go vertical. And remember, they’ll be getting a shiny yellow Liebherr tower crane soon, too.

Proof of caisson work abounds at Embry

Sure, if you’re a neighbor along the first block of North May Street, you can feel the progress (to which one friend has attested.) For the rest of us, the best way to find out if caisson work on Embry (21 N May St) has begun in the West Loop is to go take a look. We went. We saw. We photographed.

McHugh Construction and McHugh Concrete, general and concrete contractors, respectively, got the full permit to build on April 5. A demolition permit to get 25 North May out of the way was issued January 28. We’re hoping to see a tower crane permit any day now.

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Embry begins construction in the West Loop

A sea of rebar waits to be sunk into the earth at Embry.

I could tell the start of Embry was imminent over at 21 North May Street in the West Loop when I walked by Sunday. All the equipment was on hand for caissons, and rebar cages were made. Seemed to me all that was needed was a foundation permit.

Well, a little birdie tells me caissons are a-drillin’ as of this morning. That same birdie also says an entirely separate birdie says the permit was issued this morning. It all adds up. Embry is here.

Embry is being built by Sulo Development, which delivered Hayden West Loop just around the corner. As mentioned, I haven’t seen the foundation permit yet, but it doesn’t take a genius to see McHugh Construction banners on site; they must be the general contractor. My guess is their concrete division is also handling the concrete chores, but I shouldn’t assume. Lamar Johnson Collaborative is the design architect. Their website says to expect 16 stories and 58 luxury condos, which Sulo plans on delivering in 2023.

Congrats, Embry team. Let’s go.

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Get ready for Embry in the West Loop

This lot in the first block of North May Street could soon be replaced by Embry. That building is already demolished. (2016 photo)

Around the corner from their Hayden West Loop condo building, Sulo Development is looking to begin the next iteration for the same West Loop block.

Embry will be a 58-unit condominium development, about 16 stories tall, designed by Lamar Johnson Collaborative. You can use this link to see the Linkedin introduction they posted.

Not many details yet, but renderings are available on its website, and it’s replacing a really ugly lot, so yay on all fronts so far. Plus, the website attributes James McHugh Construction as the general contractor, and we *really* need to see them with a tower crane in the air again.

Video screengrab showing the Embry model.


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Darn Near Done: 448 North LaSalle

Click on this link for 448 North LaSalle and enjoy the drone footage.

Midwest Property Group’s 12-story, 175,00-square-foot office building should start welcoming tenants in the fall. In the meantime, the exterior of the Lamar Johnson Collaborative-designed tower looks complete. Lendlease is the general contractor.

Took me long enough to realize Triangle Square is a big deal

Coming soon: Condos and apartments at Triangle Square.

I used to take a semi-weekly walk from Wilson & Ashland in Uptown down to Grand & Ashland. I walked past construction behind the Mariano’s at Webster Ave. all the time, but never ventured the extra block west to check out Triangle Square. “No tower crane? Can’t be much to see” I thought.

Dang, this is a big development. Condos on one side (1701 West Webster), apartments on the other (2155 North Elston.) Plus retail space. And lots of developers, architects, and general contractors.

Triangle Square is a joint development from Belgravia Group (condos) and Lennar Multifamily (apartments.) Design architects are Lamar Johnson Collaborative (apartments) and Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson.

Power Construction (apartments) and Maris Construction (condos) are on the builds.

Yeah, I’m confused too. Remember, I walked past this site without looking for more than a year, So for a professional breakdown of what’s what, I put you in the fine hands of Urbanize Chicago. And then, photos.

448 North LaSalle hangs a tower crane

448 North LaSalle got its tower crane on the March 2020 Chicago Tower Crane Survey just under the wire, getting it the air the 29th of February. Maybe it didn’t lift anything that day, or Sunday, or even Monday, which is Casimir Pulaski Day around these parts. But it still counts, because 18 is a relatively low number for cranes in Chicago, and we need to count as many as we can get.

So how about a few photos of a freshly-planted golden tower crane: