Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza announced that it will soon be opening three new locations in the greater Chicago area. The fast-casual concept will expand its footprint to five locations in the metro by early 2015. Two locations are scheduled to open in late 2014: the Presidential Towers (24 South Clinton Street, Chicago) in October, and the Westfield Old Orchard Mall (4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie) in November. Coming in early 2015 is the Evanston location (1737 Sherman Avenue, Evanston), a stone’s throw from Northwestern University. Blaze Pizza’s current Chicago locations include 953 West Belmont Avenue, adjacent to the Belmont Red Line L Station, and 227 East Ontario Street, situated between Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue.

“Our mission at Blaze is really simple: We’re all about bringing the community a place where guests can connect, create, and enjoy great pizza at crazy fast speed,” says Jim Mizes, president and COO of Blaze Pizza. “If you think about it, there hasn’t been a good way to enjoy a made-from-scratch pizza without the wait. Now there is. We believe this will be a game-changer in town.”

Blaze Pizza is being developed in the Chicago area by Levy Family Partners under a 15-store franchise development agreement. Levy Family Partners was established by entrepreneur Larry Levy, founder and chairman of Levy Restaurants, as the holding company for his family’s investments in restaurants, hotels, real estate, and other ventures.

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