Kuma’s Corner is as known for blaring heavy metal as it is for crave-worthy hamburgers that inspire visitors to line up outside. Its burgers are named after headbangers like Slayer, Pantera, and Goatsnake, and have controversially included Communion wafers as a topping. It’s only fitting that the Kuma’s crew is inviting some of their heavy rock friends to celebrate its 15th anniversary with a festival befitting its metal credentials.
Kuma’s Fest will be held on June 27, 2020, at Brands Park in Avondale beginning at noon. Expect a lineup of exclusive beers from Chicago breweries and craft cocktails courtesy of local distilleries to complement Kuma’s signature food items. Artists and vendors will be selling wares to delight the goth kid inside us all.
The festival’s music lineup will transform the park into a sea of head-banging black T-shirts. Metal legends Anthrax will headline the celebration, along with metalcore icons Converge. Representing Chicago’s heavy rock community are Russian Circles, the Atlas Moth, and Indian. As its website states, “Kuma’s and metal goes together like beef and bacon.”
Kuma’s launched its flagship at the corner of Belmont and Francisco Avenues in 2005. Since then, it has grown to five locations in Chicagoland and Indianapolis.
“We are proud and excited to celebrate our 15-year anniversary with all of our loyal supporters and friends by throwing this amazing concert and festival,” noted Kuma’s president, Ron Cain, in a press release. “We are stoked about the amazing lineup, highlighted by Anthrax as our headliner; we’ve had long-standing relationships with all of the bands playing, and we are going to blow the doors off of the Avondale neighborhood. Join us while we party, drink, and of course eat all of the best foods that Kuma’s Corner has to offer!”
A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit Hope for the Day, a nonprofit movement empowering the conversation on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.
Tickets are on sale now at Kuma’s Corner locations and online. General admission tickets are $39. VIP tickets are $99 and include exclusive beers, a private bar, limited-edition merchandise, and more.
If you can’t wait until June, get amped up with the metal-centric Spotify playlist featured on Kuma’s website.
3259 North Elston Avenue
Saturday, June 27; noon
General admission $39; VIP $99