A drag show brunch at a Lake in the Hills bakery that was scuttled last month after the store was vandalized the night before is back on for this weekend, the business announced on Facebook.
UpRising Bakery and Café has rescheduled the event, for 11 a.m. Sunday, after the business reached an agreement with the village of Lake in the Hills that allows it to continue hosting events, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois said Wednesday.
“We are elated to have come to a mutual agreement with the village of Lake in the Hills,” UpRising owner Corinna Bendel Sac said in a Thursday news release from the ACLU of Illinois. “We look forward to getting back to baking and holding community-centered events.”
The drag show event originally was set for July 23, but was canceled when the shop was vandalized the night before. A week later, the village said UpRising could no longer host events and alleged they violated the village’s zoning code.
After about a week of back-and-forth, the two sides came to an agreement that will allow UpRising to continue hosting its events, the ACLU announced in a news release.
Lake in the Hills Village President Raymond Bogdanowski said Thursday the village’s concerns had been addressed and officials are “very pleased with being able to move forward.”
Lake in the Hills Village Administrator Shannon Andrews released a statement Thursday afternoon confirming an agreement between the village and the bakery.
“The village is pleased that through collaborative efforts with representatives for UpRising Bakery and Café, we were able to identify a mutually satisfactory approach going forward, which honors the village’s zoning concerns,” Andrews said in the statement.
Village of Lake in the Hills officials have agreed to allow UpRising Bakery to continue to host public events, including rescheduling the drag show disrupted by a violent extremist. We are pleased that UpRising can get back to holding inclusive, community driven events.— ACLU of Illinois (@ACLUofIL) August 4, 2022
ACLU attorney Kevin Fee said the agreement was “good news” for the community, and called it a “victory for free speech.”
“We applaud village officials for their willingness to quickly engage in thoughtful discussion leading to this understanding that allows UpRising to continue to service their mission of being a community resource for all people.”
The vandalism of the bakery came the night before the bakery was scheduled to host a family-friendly drag show, which itself attracted much attention and harassment. The building’s front glass windows were broken and messages were spray-painted on its brick exterior disparaging members of the LGBTQ community.
Joseph Collins of Alsip was charged with both a hate crime and criminal damage to property after he was seen fleeing the area by an Algonquin police officer about midnight July 23. Lake in the Hills police at the time called the officer “instrumental” in catching Collins.
The show, which was canceled as a result of the vandalism, was expected to see both protests and counter protests from various groups and residents.
The vandalism prompted an outpouring of community support.
“Village officials supported Ms. Sac and her business in the immediate wake of this horrific event,” Fee said in the release. “Today’s agreement ensures an equitable and fair resolution moving forward, and recognizes that violent extremists cannot dictate the discussion in our society.”