UpRising Bakery allowed to resume hosting events after reaching settlement with village officials – NBC Chicago

A suburban bakery that has been the victim of vandalism and harassment will be allowed to hold scheduled events, including a brunch with drag performers, after reaching an agreement with officials on Thursday.

According to a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union, UpRising Bakery and Café in the Lake in the Hills suburb will be allowed to hold events after questions arose regarding zoning restrictions on the property.

“We are delighted to have reached a mutual agreement with the Village of Lake in the Hills,” Corrina Bendel Sac said in a statement provided by the ACLU. “UpRising Bakery and Café opened its doors less than a year ago, with the goal of providing a safe and welcoming ‘home’ for all beings.”

In July, the bakery was at the center of controversy when it announced it would be hosting a “Starry Night Brunch Drag”, which was advertised as a family show with drag performances.

A tsunami of negative comments and complaints soon followed, with business owners also receiving threats in person and online.

The day before the show, a vandal damaged the business, smashing windows and defacing the building with spray paint. Eventually, the bakery canceled the show.

According to the village police, Joseph Collins was arrested and charged with a hate crime, as well as criminal damage to property.

Following the cancellation, Lake in the Hills officials said they questioned whether the property was zoned for the events and what security would be needed for the events to take place, according to Eater Chicago. These movements have been criticized for attacks on free speech by business owners and by the ACLU.

Lake in the Hills defended the policy changes in the Chicago Tribune, saying UpRising had “fundamentally changed” its business by scheduling more events, which the bakery owner denied.

After the ACLU said it would consider legal action against the village, a deal was reached to allow UpRising to hold scheduled events, which will include the rescheduled brunch drag show, according to the owner of the bakery.

“We thank the community, ACLU, legal KRV, municipalities and our families for helping us achieve this goal,” the bakery said in a Facebook post. “We can’t wait to get back to baking and organizing community events! »

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