Rainbow Cone is a rite of summer for Chicagoans

Rainbow Cone is a rite of summer for Chicagoans
Rainbow Cone ice cream trucks.


Thanks to the expanding fleet of Rainbow Ice Cream trucks, brick and mortar stores and online ordering, it’s easier than ever to get Chicago’s iconic Rainbow Cone.

95 years ago, when husband and wife Joe an Katherine Sapp, opened the first Rainbow Cone in 1926 at 9233 S. Western that was only place to get what quickly became a Chicago treasure.The unique treat, that features five layers ice cream and sherbet was originally sliced (now scooped).

How “grandpa Joe” came up with this eclectic combination of flavors is a mystery. And somewhat amazingly, it has never changed.

The Secret Ingredients

The magical layers consist of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (Venetian vanilla with cherries and walnut, pistachio and topped with orange sherbet.

A Chicago favorite for generations, the Original Rainbow Cone

New ice cream trucks added for 2021

The ice cream trucks that debuted in the summer of 2020 and quickly became a staple of the summer season are back with more locations for 2021.

Rainbow Cone now has four ice cream trucks that will be traveling around Chicagoland this summer, each one named after one of the colorful layers that make up the famous Rainbow Cone. 

Rainbow Cone’s easy to use truck finder allows guests to quickly find the locations and hours of operation for each truck.

Rent a truck

For events of 100 or more people, Rainbow Cone offers the trucks for rental opportunities to pop-up wherever theirs a party of special occasion.

Brick and mortar locations

Rainbow Cone continues to expand their reach in Chicago and nationwide with their locations in Beverly, Navy Pier, Lombard, their upcoming location in Darien along with nationwide shipping on Goldbelly.

More than the Original Rainbow Cone

In addition to the popular Rainbow Cone the line has expanded to the 5-flavor “Rainbow Cone,” sundaes and milkshakes.

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