EMME Chicago apartments, 165 N Desplaines St, West Loop

165 North Desplaines, Chicago

EMME Chicago is a 14-story, 199-unit apartment tower nearing completion at 165 N Desplaines St in the West Loop. The project is designed for LEED Gold certification. First occupancy will be mid-September of 2017. The pre-leasing office is open at 156 N. Jefferson!

Haymarket Memorial, 175 North Desplaines, Chicago, 2012 photo

The Haymarket Memorial commemorating an 1886 riot at the site will be returned to the site when construction of EMME is complete.

Portland, OR-based Gerding Edlen is the developer, with Power Construction as the general contractor and GREC as the architecture firm.

The apartments

EMME has a mix of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments.

The apartments have engineered wood floors throughout, exposed concrete ceilings, NEST thermostats, high-efficiency LED lighting, and locally-sourced and recycled materials. Kitchens feature Energy Star-rated integrated appliances, Italian cabinetry, quartz countertops and full-height porcelain backsplashes.

The apartments will have open layouts, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood-inspired floors, NEST thermostats and kitchens with stainless steel appliances and high-gloss cabinetry. Expect EMME to have a level of finishes consistent with Jones Chicago and Xavier, Gerding Edlen’s other Chicago developments.

Amenities, services, policies

EMME has a full suite of amenities. An unusual amenity, according to the architecture firm’s website, is that “more than 5,000 square feet of roof deck will be dedicated to urban farming.

Pool rendering, 165 North Desplaines, Chicago
Rooftop lounge, 165 North Desplaines, Chicago

There’s a rooftop pool and sundeck, with an adjacent lounge, fitness center and yoga studio.

Lounge rendering, 165 North Desplaines, ChicagoLounge rendering, 165 North Desplaines, Chicago

Additional resident amenities include a party room with demonstration kitchen, library, co-working space and conference rooms, an indoor-outdoor dog play area and a landscaped third-floor deck with fire pits and grilling stations.

EMME is smoke-free and pet-friendly, subject to limits. EMME will have on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff, and 24/7 door staff. There is an on-site garage.


EMME’s near-Loop West Loop location affords residents walk-to proximity to the Loop and West Loop office clusters. The location also has easy access to restaurants and nightlife venues.

Shopping. EMME is within a few short blocks of a Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, Whole Foods and the French Market at metramarket, which includes a CVS Pharmacy.

Dining. There are dozens of restaurants within a few blocks’ radius of EMME, and many more in nearby West Loop, Loop, Fulton River District and River North locations.

Fast Track, Lake & Desplaines, Chicago

Fast Track, which serves up hot dogs, Italian beef and fresh salads, is at the corner. At the other end of the dining scale, Grace, a Michelin-awarded restaurant, is around the corner on Randolph St.

Saint Lou's Assembly, Chicago

Saint Lou’s Assembly, from the group behind Longman & Eagle, is a short block west on Lake Street, next door to Moneygun Bar.

Little Goat, Chicago

Randolph Street’s restaurant row, a Chicagoland destination dining spot dense with foodie venues, is a short walk west of EMME.

Starbucks, Jefferson & Lake, Chicago

There’s a Starbucks around the corner at Jefferson and Lake.

Parks, recreation. Green space is scarce in this part of the West Loop.

The nearest parks, Fulton River Park and Heritage Green, are passive green space that offers little in the way of recreational opportunities. A few benches at Heritage Green provide a shady outdoor respite with a view of Old St Patrick’s Church, home to what’s billed as the world’s largest block party.

Park at River Point, Chicago

The riverfront park at the new River Point office tower has spectacular views along the Chicago River. Chicago’s exciting, expanding Riverwalk is a few minutes to the east.

Transportation. EMME’s location has excellent access to public transportation and to the city’s expressway grid.

Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center is 3 short blocks southeast.

A number of CTA bus lines criss-cross the area. The nearby Clinton stop on the CTA’s Green and Pink Lines provides access to points west, to the Loop, and connections to other CTA train lines.

There’s both north- and southbound access to I-90/94 a half-block south on Randolph St.


You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s comprehensive West Loop apartment guide.

Rentals are generally available at nearby condo buildings, often at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings. The trade-off is that the condo buildings offer fewer amenities and services.

EMME Chicago

Address 165 N Desplaines St
City Chicago 60661
# of Units 199
Pets Pet-friendly, subject to limits
Parking On-site garage
Completed 2017
Management Greystar
Website EMME Chicago

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