Chicago area bakery to close following ‘horrific attacks’ and ‘harassment’ for hosting drag show

‘Local customers no longer come here because of the perceived threat that tarnished our good name,’ owner says

UpRising bakery opened in 2021 to serve baked products for anyone, wedding cakes for LGBTQ couples along with gluten-free and vegan options (Screengrab: YouTube/ CBS Chicago)

The UpRising bakery and cafe in Chicago’s Lake in the Hills will close at the end of March amid rising attacks on the premises for hosting a drag performance, its owner has announced.

“Closing our doors is the direct result of the horrific attacks, endless harassment, and unrelenting negative misinformation about our establishment in the last eight months,” owner Corinna Sac said in the news release on Friday.

Her establishment has faced “horrific attacks” and “endless harassment” for its support of the LGBTQ+ community, CBS news quoted Ms Sac as saying.

The bakery was opened in 2021 to serve baked products, along with gluten-free and vegan options. They also provided wedding cakes for LGBTQ couples.

She added: “From an award-winning bakery that donates to local organisations and supports diversity and inclusion, we have been rebranded by misinformation as ‘gay only’ and ‘paedophiles’. Local customers no longer come here because of the perceived threat that tarnished our good name and the fears of their licence plates are photographed, and they are harassed.”

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