Elmhurst realtors

About Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group


  • Team Biography
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

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    Combined they have sold over 1200 homes in the Elmhurst Area!  We are in consistent pursuit to have a positive effect on both our clients and our community.  Whether you are considering buying a home, selling a home, or both, we know the Elmhurst area and the process. 

    As two of the strongest real estate professionals in the Elmhurst area, Tom and Maria were continuously trying to grow their individual real estate businesses.  In 2009 Maria and Tom merged to co-found Gracik Makinney Group.  They found that together, their combined 40+ years of experience would be unstoppable in the ever-changing market.  Both Maria and Tom have a strong desire and commitment to finding the ideal match for buyers, sellers, and renters alike. 

    This heartfelt pursuit is not just set on their feelings, but on a foundation of proven results.  In 2016 they were ranked in the Top 10 of Dupage County Teams for production. Additionally in 2016, they were ranked one of the top residential brokers by Chicago Magazine.  Each have won numerous awards, been at the top of their profession, and have assisted many in achieving success. 

    If you are looking for the most driven team of real estate professionals that will work efficiently and effectively for you – look no further!

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  • Maria Gracik
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.306.7882

    “Providing the highest level of service requires concrete
    experience, a foundation of proven results, and a
    heartfelt desire to ‘thrill’ your clients every time!”

    With over 600 career closings since 1997, Maria Gracik embodies experience. She has skillfully adapted to and thrived in every kind of housing market, proving that the best REALTOR® is not just a talented market forecaster, but one who puts client needs first.

    Maria is committed to helping buyers and sellers connect, putting her keen insight, confidence, home-finding abilities and contract-negotiation skills to work in their best interest. Over three-quarters of her business comes from referrals, a testament to her ability to provide thoughtful and sound advice to her clients.

    In 2009, Maria co-founded the Gracik Makinney Group with her accomplished business partner, Tom Makinney, marrying the diverse talents of its group members to service any client need in Elmhurst and the surrounding western suburbs. Together, their 30+ years of experience gives the group vast knowledge of the existing home and new construction markets, and experience with transferees as well. Since 2006, they have sold over 550 homes and over $245,000,000 in sales. In 2016, they were ranked in the Top 10 of DuPage County Agents and #1 in Elmhurst market share.

    “To me, success is when your clients are truly happy with one
    of the most important decisions of their life.”

    Maria has lived in Elmhurst since 1990 and both of her sons attended Elmhurst schools, where Maria was actively involved in the school and sports programs, and served as a Junior Achievement volunteer. She also participates in a variety of local fundraising activities. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

    Prior to her career in real estate, Maria worked in customer service management for a major airline and in executive travel services for a global consulting company, where she sharpened her negotiation skills.

    “Find out why loyal clients keep coming back,
    and send their friends and family to me!”

    Send Maria a message.
  • Thomas Makinney
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.567.5902

    “Our highest priorities are your highest priorities — ethics and honesty, skilled representation, expert negotiating, vast market knowledge, proven results — the Gracik Makinney Group makes the difference in reaching the closing table.”    
       Tom Makinney approaches real estate as a “connector” — connecting buyers to sellers, solutions to needs, reality to vision. With an inherent love of architecture and passion for people, connecting clients to their goals in home ownership brings new opportunity to each day.
    One will rarely hear Tom speak of his personal accomplishments without acknowledging his team. Why work with a team of realtors? One distinct advantage is that each team member has a unique sphere of influence. When combined, these spheres create a strong pool of valuable information for each client. Team support, broad-based marketing and transaction management, along with the team’s collective knowledge and experience, creates a worry-free, enjoyable real estate experience. For sellers, each team member knows the inventory and is available to show the property. For buyers, the blended market acumen of the team members can help the buyer make informed decisions when thinking about a property, a community or negotiating a sale. 

    • 2016 Top 10 DuPage County Team, Gracik Makinney Group*
    • Real Trends 2016 List, Top 1% of all Agents, Trulia.com, 12/31/16 Production
    • Consistent multi-million dollar annual producers, over 1,200 closed transactions, Gracik Makinney Group
    • Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation
    • 1996, BS Operations Management Information Systems, Northern Illinois University, Phi Sigma Kappa
    • Tennis and hockey player, stand up paddle board enthusiast

    *Chicago Agent magazine, 1/1/16-11/30/16 sales volume

    Tom has lived in Elmhurst since the tender age of four, and now raises his own family in the community. A devoted husband and proud father to three beautiful young daughters, he knows first-hand the meaning of 

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  • Mary Riva
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.880.7703


    Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is proud to welcome the esteemed Mary Riva to our group. Mary has been a licensed broker for 33 years and closed over $50,000,000 in sales. 


    Also licensed in Florida, Mary is a professional that prides herself on details to make every transaction as smooth as possible. 


    As a generation of family, friends, and clients can attest, it is Mary’s inherent determination and huge heart that have assisted her to become the consummate professional. We invite you to reconnect with Mary Riva, or meet her for the first time, and see for yourself why Gracik Makinney Group is overjoyed to have her part of our company. 


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  • Marie McCall
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.567.3797

    About Marie McCall

    “My pledge to you is outstanding service. My reputation equals integrity
    at its highest level. My goal is to simplify the real estate process and
    educate clients so they can make informed, successful decisions.”

    Marie McCall is passionate about real estate!  She prides herself on being a supportive, caring advocate with extensive experience in negotiation. A full-time REALTOR® since 1995, Marie’s husband, Dave originally encouraged her to obtain her license because of her natural love of people and strong desire to help others.  He had firsthand knowledge of her keen listening skills and ability to creatively problem solve.  Marie also utilized her previous  ten years of client service experience with a major automotive manufacturer to understand the critical importance of responsiveness and follow-through.

    Marie recently discovered firsthand what it means to relocate when her family packed their bags and sold their home of 27 years.  Selling is so much more than obtaining a buyer, and relocating adds layers of detail and consideration to a move. She quickly realized the important role she plays in helping her clients manage the often daunting real estate process, explaining every step along the way, as well as keeping expectations and emotions balanced.

    Loving Where You Live

    Marie is an expert on the Elmhurst and Oak Brook communities since she and her husband raised their two children there.  Marie was actively involved in District 205 schools, following her children as they progressed through the school system.  PTA, Junior Achievement, York Boosters, Woodside Estates Homeowner’s Association, and Oak Brook Civic Association are a few organizations to which Marie devoted many volunteer hours.  Ask Marie about her involvement in the “Friends of Elmhurst” organization that has assisted the many less fortunate families in the Back of the Yards inner city neighborhood.   Proud member of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Marie is pleased to serve as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, CCW member, and has been a 2nd grade Religious Education teacher for 10 years.

    Recognized for Service; Trusted for Results

    Marie’s desire to be Best In Class is what drove her to the Gracik Makinney Group–  teamwork that promises first class service and expert market knowledge.   Home values have changed much over the past few years; sometimes overnight! The Gracik Makinney Group combines 32+ years of experience to provide their clients up-to-the-minute market knowledge.

    Core Strengths

    Realistic market analysis, excellent negotiation skills, honesty, and integrity are most often cited as Marie’s key differentiators. She is a Certified Negotiation Consultant, Accredited Buyer Representative, multi-million dollar producer, and was awarded as one of the top 10% sales associates in 2012 and 2013. 

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  • Jill Giorno
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.220.7199

    Member, Mainstreet Organization of Realtors
    Team Member, 2016 Top 10 real estate teams in Dupage County
    Maximum online exposure for every listing

    As an Elmhurst resident for 18 years, Jill Giorno brings a unique core of qualities and values to the Gracik Makinney Group. She has lived in the western suburbs since 1997, residing in Naperville and Oak Park before finally settling in Elmhurst. Prior to practicing real estate, Jill was a small business owner in Elmhurst for eight years, and was a school social worker in Oak Park for seven years.  She holds a Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

    As a former small business owner and resident in Elmhurst, Jill brings a wide range of knowledge in Elmhurst and suburban real estate.  She truly understands the importance of positive client relationships, and her ability to earn and maintain trust, coupled with a knack to connect people new to the community, are qualities she is extremely proud of. 

    Jill and her husband, Wade, are proud to raise their family in Elmhurst and enjoy watching their children participate in many extracurricular activities. Her favorite pastimes include hockey and golf, anything involving fitness, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

    Jill is thrilled to be mentored by some of the best in the business and was extremely impressed by the extensive training @properties gives their agents.  We're thrilled to have her as part of our team, and we're sure you will enjoy working with her as well. 

    Contact Jill when you are ready to make your move. 

    Send Jill a message.
  • Krista Waski
    Chief Operating Officer
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.267.7545

    Get to Know Krista Waski, Chief Operating Officer

    Q: Krista, how did you get started with the Gracik Makinney Group?

    A: Before they ever joined forces, my family had bought and sold houses in Elmhurst listed by Maria and Tom. We had all stayed in touch (definitely the norm with Tom and Maria!), and they contacted me a few years ago to become their COO.   

    Q: What makes you guys different?   

    A: When clients work with us, they experience individuals with complementing strengths who work together to bring them buying and selling success. With a team of nine, we’re able to give unbeatable support during the entire real estate process.  

    Q: If you could think of one word to describe the Gracik Makinney Group, what would it be?

    A: “Dynamic” is a word that fits us in many ways. We’re dynamic in terms of our high energy, dynamic in the way we make results happen for our clients, dynamic in how we lead the market trends. People who work with us sense that we are action-oriented, positive and forward-thinking.     

    Q: What do clients want and need in their real estate agents today?

    A: Buyers and sellers need agents who are proven and experienced, and want agents who keep their best interests a highest priority and make real estate an enjoyable experience. We keep things light but never lose focus on what we’re working to achieve.

    Q: Tell us about the Elmhurst community. What makes it attractive to potential buyers?

    A: All of us know Elmhurst extremely well. You don’t have to live here long to realize the beauty of the community, its excellent amenities, the importance of education and family. Two special areas, the Prairie Path and Eldridge Park, which connects to the Salt Creek Greenway Trail, are simply beautiful and not to be missed. Local haunts such as Elmhurst Brewing Company, Zenwich, Courageous Bakery, and Brewpoint Coffee are personal favorites, although I could name many more establishments in town that are just awesome!

    Q: What should we know about Krista Waski?

    A: I love what I do professionally, working behind the scenes for our team to help our agents do their best work for our clients. I also love my personal life. I’m not only a very proud hockey, baseball, soccer, and dance mom to two amazing kids, I’m a two-time “tough mudder.” (Translation: I compete in 10-12 mile long military-style obstacle courses!) And so yes, I’m obviously into fitness. Hockey, cross training, and biking are tops on my weekly list. 

    Q: Final thoughts?

    A: Regarding real estate, choose the team that knows how to get the job done and make it fun. That’s us! Stop in and say “hello.” You’ll be treated like one of the team! 

    Send Krista a message.
  • Liz Eder
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.373.7667

    "As a third generation broker, I know real estate is in my DNA"


    Liz Eder recently joined @properties as a real estate advisor in the Elmhurst and Oak Park Offices and newest member of one of their most successful teams, The Gracik Makinny Group.  Liz is a full-time Realtor with over 10 years experience representing buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords.  She specializes in residential sales with added experience in commercial property.  With her previous career of over 15 years in the property management, Liz has built a solid foundation in the real estate industry.  

    Liz is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area living in neighborhoods from South Shore to Hyde Park to Oak Park and her current home of over 30 years, Elmhurst.  She  graduated from Oak Park/River Forest High School and Loyola University where she acquired her lifelong love of history, literature, art and design.  As a mom to two amazing daughters, Liz would not trade a minute of the time she spent supporting church, PTA, District 205 Foundation, Girls Scouts and numerous sports teams and clubs.  

    What consistently drives Liz is the opportunity to build strong relationships with clients and show them how to maximize the potential value of their
    property, whether buying, selling or renting or investing.  A few years ago, a wise colleague reflected that "real estate is as much art as it is
    science"  Liz made this her motto from that day forward and knows that a successful Realtor must do both with equal passion.

    "Liz was very helpful during our home buying process. She was always
    available to answer any questions we had and listened to what we were
    looking for in a home. We had some bumps along the way with the selling
    agent of the home we wanted and she made sure that everything was
    taken care of and the day we finally closed everything went so smooth. I
    am so grateful to have found Liz and our dream home." T. O.

    Send Liz a message.
  • Dana Steinecker
    Chief Communications Officer
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 847-804-2966

    Chief Communications Officer targets audiences through the creation of strategic communications content. Creates targeted communications that work across multiple platforms via email, magazine articles, blog posts, podcasts, social media content, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, webinars, marketing collateral, etc. As chief commnunications officer, Dana works within our team to create visually appealing platforms to enhance our clients listing, buying and selling needs.

    Understanding and utilizing our social media trends is a strength in Dana's experience and skills. Getting your listing to the forfront of the most commonly used platforms aids in the success in your buying, selling, researching and listing needs.

    Dana has a background in advertising and graphic design and is a keen problem solver. As a small business photography owner, she enjoys meeting new clients and maintaining those relationships throughout the years. In the simplest terms, Dana likes to help others. Through her design career Dana has worked within the advertising and interior design businesses and naturally has gravitated toward real estate.

    Send Dana a message.
  • Elicia Jacobson
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.480.6878

    A native of Northwest Indiana, Elicia has been a Chicago resident for the past 14 years. She has lived in several neighborhoods, including Lincoln Park and River North. She originally moved to Chicago for college, receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from DePaul University. Elicia and her husband enjoy traveling, exploring Chicago, and attending Bulls games. She also loves stopping into the Anti-Cruelty Society to visit with the animals looking for forever homes. They recently decided to make the move to the western suburbs, where they are putting the finishing touches on their newly built custom home in Elmhurst.

    Elicia places value in honesty and integrity above all else. She decided to make a career in real estate because she was inspired by building her own home to finally pursue her dream of becoming a broker. The most exciting part of the buying or selling experience for Elicia is helping to paint a picture of how you can make a space your own and make it your home.

    As a detail oriented person, she will be able to put her previous experience as an analyst at Aon  to use by making sure you are not only getting a home you love, but a smart investment for your future. A social creature at heart, she will be able to use her account management and customer service knowledge from Groupon  to balance every part involved in a real estate transaction. Most importantly, she will be able to use her negotiation skills from Morningstar to ensure you have accurate pricing for your home.


    Elicia is proud to join the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group in Elmhurst, who consistently is ranked in the Top 10 of DuPage County Teams for production. Additionally, Chicago Magazine ranked them one of the top residential brokers. Elicia is backed by over 40 years of experience with her group co-owners, Tom Makinney and Maria Gracik.

    Whether you are buying or selling; Elicia is passionate about finding the right home for you, the ideal buyer for your home, or refer you to an expert anywhere in the U.S. or internationally.


    Send Elicia a message.
  • George Kafka
    Broker Adviser
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 773.617.3685

    George Kafka is a Chicago native with over 20 years' experience in real estate. In addition to buying and selling, his background includes new construction, rehabbing, leasing and interior staging.

    George is known for his integrity, professionalism, communication and sense of humor in what can be a high-stress time for clients. Utilizing cutting edge technology, creative marketing and a unique 3 step process, he tailors his approach to each client's situation ensuring a successful outcome. George received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and his MBA from North Park University. He resides in the western suburbs with his wife and their three children.


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  • Shelly Valdiserri
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    130 W. Park Ave
    IL 60126 US

    Phone: 630.886.8039

    My 25 years of working in Advertising, Marketing and Interior Design give me an excellent platform to be your full service realtor.

    Whether selling or buying, I can help you make your home look its best, or help you find the perfect home and investment.  As a successful business owner in Interior Design for the past 15 years, I can show you what today's buyers are looking for and help you make wise use of your money when updating your property for a quick sale.  When looking for a home, let me help you visualize its potential. 

    Having bought and sold 9 homes to date, I truly understand both sides of the buying and selling process. Most of these homes sold in a week because I give the buyers what they want and price it correctly from the beginning in order to get  top dollar.

    In addition, my dad was a builder and my mom was a very successful realtor until she was 75.  They taught me the nuances of building homes, remodeling, decorating, and buying good rental properties. 

    My husband and I raised our two daughters in Elmhurst which is near and dear to our hearts.  We have also had the opportunity to live in Chicago, Hinsdale, Naperville and Glen Ellyn which gives me great insight into these communities and the surrounding areas as well.

    Let me help you be successful with one of the biggest decisions you will ever make!

    My experience backed by the expertise of the Gracik Makinney Group will provide you with expert market knowledge, superior marketing and negotiating power.

    I’m thrilled to join the #1 firm in the Chicago-land area!


    "Shelly’s work ethic is second to none! She has tremendous energy, enthusiasm and motivation for making her clients wish list become reality.  After only being in business for a few years, Shelly was awarded Chicago Design Team’s Top Ten designers designation.  She knows exactly how to market and stage your home for a quick and profitable sale.” (LL)

    “Shelly is committed, creative, resourceful, reliable and engaging! Her roster of repeat clients speaks volumes!" (HO)

    “Shelly is one of the hardest workers I know!  She is motivated, very responsive to your needs and honest.  She really cares and I always know she will get the job done right!” (KO)

    "Shelly is very passionate about her work and is very creative. She listens to what your needs are and is always available to give honest feedback. She is awesome and great to work with!" (BM)

    "Shelly is the best of the best! I have worked with her for years and she is always spot on with ideas and style.  And I never have to wait either! I love working with Shelly and always know that whatever we plan will turn out spectacular.+"(CH)

    "Shelly is very professional, a great listener, reliable, hard working, and prompt. I highly recommend her! She’s not only the best, but she’s great to work with." (DJ)

    "Shelly puts her heart and soul into everything she does!" (PN)

    "Shelly is a tremendous help and a pleasure to work with! We couldn’t be happier!" (JD)

    "Shelly is a delight! She was extremely responsive, accommodating and made the process fun and easy!  I can’t recommend her enough!"  (KV)

    "Shelly is reliable, detail oriented, has vision/a natural eye to beautify any space and so fun to work with!" (LK)

    Send Shelly a message.