Chicago-area bakeries close after ‘horrific attacks’ and ‘harassment’ for hosting drag shows

The UpRising bakery will open in 2021, offering freshly baked goods for everyone, wedding cakes for LGBTQ couples, and gluten-free and vegan options (Screengrab: YouTube/CBS Chicago)


Uprising, a bakery and cafe in Chicago’s Lake in the Hills, will close at the end of March amid mounting attacks at its premises hosting drug performances, its owners have announced.

Owner Corinna Sack said in a news release on Friday, “Closing our doors is a direct tribute to the past eight months of horrific attacks, unending harassment, and relentless negative misinformation about our facility. This is the result.

CBS News quoted Sack as saying her facility faced “horrible attacks” and “endless harassment” for supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

The bakery will open in 2021 and offers freshly baked goods, along with gluten-free and vegan options.We also served wedding cakes for LGBTQ couples.

She added: Our honor and fear of their license plates are photographed and they are harassed. ”

“Everything I have – house, car, retirement, savings – is in this business”Dream”.

The woman added that she hopes to make a difference by providing delicious food to everyone.

“It made me sad to see gluten-free and vegan products being sold at a 350% price increase. It broke my heart to read an email from a same-sex couple looking for a wedding cake bakery. People in this community need us,” she said in the release.

The first attack on her facility came last July when Ms. Sack organized a family-friendly show at a bakery that featured drag performances.

This sparked outrage, and on the eve of the event, the attackers smashed the bakery’s door and windows.Hateful messages were also painted on the building.

Ms Sak said her staff and customers who visited the bakery were also attacked. Protesters had been outside Uprising Bakery for days, harassing patrons and photographing license plates.

She and her children have also received threats on social media, according to the owner.

“This is almost a year after the space was used for events without comment,” Sac said in a release.

Sack said the bakery’s sales and patronage have taken a serious hit due to constant harassment and vandalism, coupled with a lack of support from local government.

“Without an infusion of over $30,000 at this time, we cannot keep the doors open to our dream bakery,” she said in a release, reported. chicago sun times.

Fundraisers are planning to stop the bakery from closing on March 31 and are looking to provide financial support to Ms Sak and her staff, the report added.