UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills suburb cancels drag show after vandals smash windows, spray paint insults on walls

LAKE IN THE HILLS, Ill. (WLS) – A family drag show scheduled for Saturday in the northwest suburb of Lake in the Hills has been canceled after vandals smashed the windows of UpRising Bakery and spray-painted slurs on its walls, the business owner said.

The bakery had seen a flurry of backlash online and in person against the company hosting it.

Since the all-ages drag show was announced, UpRising Bakery and Cafe owner Corinna Sac said she has received numerous threats.

“One morning I walked in and there was a bag of excrement outside. There was a letter stuck on the door saying pedophiles work here,” Sac said, recounting some of the hateful incidents of those last weeks.

“Someone came in, walked around our cafe, said how gross and dirty it was, then spat on our business,” she said of another incident.

The baker and mother of two has been shocked by the hostility towards her and her business in person and online after posting about a drag show event she was planning to hold there this weekend.

“To have a really fun time, like a drag show, and then make it more family-friendly to involve everyone and anyone,” she said.

Now, Lake in the Hills police have gotten involved, investigating the threats and working closely with Sac amid potential protests from anti-LGBTQ+ groups over the weekend.

“The department will take a zero-tolerance approach to people who choose to attend with the intent to engage in violence or criminal activity,” police said.

“If this is the hill we die on, I’m going to die strong and proud because we always fought and said equality for everyone,” Sac said.

While she still planned for the show to continue, Sac said any accusation of targeting children was completely false.

“We weren’t targeting kids. We were opening it up to families who thought (the drag show) was OK for their kids,” she said.

While she says she has lost clients, Sac is gaining new ones, like Carol White.

“I have a grandson who just turned trans. He’s 18, and I support him and I support this business. We’re going to be regulars at this restaurant,” White said.

“I felt so good in my soul, like resisting all the stuff online and not letting it get us down,” Sac said.

Sac has been in regular contact with Lake in the Hills police. They even added new cameras to the front and back of the property after the in-person harassment. They also patrol the property once an hour.

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