Rainbow Cone eyes snowbird states: 'There's a whole lot of Chicago people in Florida'

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Rainbow Cone Photo credit Rainbow Cone

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A South Side staple hopes to go nationwide.

Rainbow Cone has been at 92nd and Western in the Beverly neighborhood since 1926.

The ice cream parlor’s cones famously contain five flavors: chocolate, pistachio, Palmer House, strawberry and orange sherbet. One slice of ice cream is piled atop the other.

While Rainbow Cone has expanded beyond its Beverly base to locations across the region, owner Lynn Sapp says the next phase is to open franchises in other parts of the country.

In addition to Florida and Arizona, the business is taking applications to open franchises in Texas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota.

She hopes to reach Chicago transplants who want to recapture the Rainbow Cone magic.

“There’s a whole lot of Chicago people in Florida, and this is their memory also,” Sapp said. “And also Arizona: There’s a whole lot of transplants.”

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