Threats made, protests expected at Lake in the Hills cafe hosting kid-friendly drag show
UpRising Bakery and Cafe in Lake in the Hills has received threats and protests are expected after the cafe announced it was hosting a drag show where children are welcome.
The Lake in the Hills Police Department said in a statement Tuesday that it began receiving messages on July 6 from concerned citizens about a drag show hosted by the company, located at 2104 West Algonquin Road, scheduled for July 23.
Police said residents had expressed concerns due to children being allowed to attend the event.
According to the event website, children of all ages are welcome and children’s tickets are discounted.
The police department and the Lake in the Hills Community Development Department contacted the owner of the business and “communicated regularly about the event.”
Police say no municipal code violations for the Village of Lake in the Hills were found and that no nudity or sexually explicit content is part of the planned performance.
The owner of UpRising Bakery and Cafe said he received in-person and online threats against the business.
In one instance, a bag of feces was left outside near the employee door and a threatening note was left on the door, according to police reports.
The police department said it is aware of protests and counter-protests planned for Saturday.
“The safety and constitutional rights of all who may choose to participate are the priority of the police department. We are taking steps to ensure that everyone has the right to participate in peaceful protest,” the police department said in the statement.
“The department will take a zero-tolerance approach to individuals who choose to attend with plans to engage in violence or criminal activity,” the statement added.
Corinna Sac, the owner of the company, said in an interview with WGN that she was overwhelmed by hate and negativity.
“I just want people to understand that we’re not targeting kids,” Sac said during the interview.
“There are child tickets available for families who wish to bring their children and for families who decide it suits their home environment,” she added.