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About Bern Realty


About Bern Realty, LLC


In the 1960s, the city of Chicago was growing exponentially and with it, plans to enhance the city through real estate. Out of the desire to see the cityscape continue to thrive in an innovative direction, Bern Builders & Realty was established at the hands of Bernard Grizaffi. Bern Builders & Realty quickly proved itself to be more than just an establishment of concepts. We evolved into a successful and fully-integrated real estate development company with the vision and capacity to carry out both residential and commercial projects throughout the greater Chicago area. Even more impressive was the company’s seemingly innate ability to self-perform all required tasks. From planning and architectural strategy to general contracting and construction alongside sales, marketing and building management efforts, Bern Builders & Realty was a self-sufficient organization that handled each and every project with grace, ease and incredible customer service. Under the direction of Mr. Grizaffi, hundreds of residential units, single family homes, condominium buildings, and townhouse communities were successfully established. In addition, the company contributed to over one million square feet of commercial development space, leaving an impressive legacy and economic impact on the city.

After Mr. Grizaffi’s passing in 1989, Bern Builders & Realty entered into a phase of restructuring that resulted in the emergence of the modern Bern Realty, LLC. Today, the company is led forward into the innovative and managerial endeavors it undertakes by managing broker Drew B. Krisco, grandson of the late Mr. Grizaffi. In this role, Mr. Krisco is honored to direct and oversee the asset management of more than a dozen commercial and retail properties within the Bern Realty portfolio. Committed to the causes and people-focused passions of his grandfather, Bern Realty, LLC has flourished under Mr. Krisco’s leadership.

Today, Bern Realty, LLC continues to carry on the tradition of family-run success with an unbreakable dedication to customer service and a progressive vision that keeps the company marching forward towards innovative and creative/commercial/retail projects. Whether it’s creating hospitals, schools or neighborhood shopping centers, designing and developing family-friendly communities, Bern Realty, LLC puts a customized touch on each project it undertakes. Further expansion into tenant representation and personalized property management make Bern Realty, LLC a place where customers from the commercial sector can partner with a team of professionals dedicated to helping them work successfully towards their property goals.

Working For You



Drew Krisco

Managing Broker


Sherree Krisco

Office Manager


James Cullinane

Property Maintenance


Dawn Walsh

Accounts Payable

A Full Service Real Estate Company



Residential single-family homes and multi-family condominium buildings.

-Park Ridge, IL

-River Forest, IL

-Chicago, IL

Single-family home subdivision communities.

-Norridge, IL

-Chicago, IL

Townhouse development community incorporating common clubhouse, park/open green space and development community swimming pool. Adjoining grocery anchored community shopping center. (Considered to be one of the first comprehensively planned communities of its type in the Chicago area market.)

-Wood Dale, IL

Multi-building California style walk-up apartment community.

-Rosemont, IL


Residential single-family and multi-family housing.

-Parkland, FL

Free-standing commercial restaurant developments.

-River Forest, IL

-Rosemont, IL

-Addison, IL

-Wood Dale, IL

Mixed-Use developments including residential condominium units and commercial retail/office space within numerous six-story structures. (Five floors of residential condominium units above grade level retail/office space.)

-River Forest, IL

-Chicago, IL

-Elmwood Park, IL

Gated condominium building community. (Considered to one of the first planned gated multi-building condominium communities to be located in the suburban Chicago area, including twelve 6-story, 36 unit condominium buildings with integrated enclosed garage parking, central community club house and swimming pool.) Adjacent mixed-use commercial development, including 5-story office building, shopping plaza and banquet hall facility, all served with underground parking garage.

-Des Plaines, IL

1980-mid 1990’s

Neighborhood shopping centers:

-Forest Park, IL

-Berwyn, IL

-Orland Park, IL

-Chicago, IL

-Elmwood Park, IL

-Des Plaines, IL

-Glenview, IL

-Bellwood, IL

-Wheaton, IL

-Evanston, IL

Automotive related centers:

-Elmwood Park, IL

-Lombard, IL

-Roselle, IL

-Oak Park, IL

-Oak Forest, IL

Larger scale commercial development projects:

-Palos Community Hospital, Orland Park, IL

-Handy Andy, Orland Park, IL

-School of Robotic Technology, Chicago, IL

-Amlings Garden Center

2000 To Date

Bern Realty played a role in several new construction developments that include, multiple Buona Beef Restaurants in St. Charles, Beverly, Harwood Heights and Algonquin. In addition to the single tenant restaurant developments, Bern Realty also developed multi-tenant retail centers in Frankfort and Berwyn, including Berwyn Gateway Plaza, a development that consisted of the land assemblage of three blocks and received national recognition for a public-private partnership.


New Construction Retail & Restaurant Projects in:

-St. Charles



-Harwood Heights