They say a quickest way to a kid’s heart is through his tummy. That’s true where gummy bears and ice cream are concerned, at least. Get your family excited about food by taking a factory or warehouse tour. There is a lot of food and drink made in the Chicago area and some manufacturers will take you behind the scenes. Flip through our photo album to discover tours for fans of candy, milk, coffee and beer (both root and the grownup stuff).

Jelly Belly Warehouse Tour

Hop on the Jelly Belly Train (yes, it's a thing) to tour the warehouse and learn through videos how candy corn, jellybeans and gummies are made. Shop the store to enjoy the sample bar, where visitors can taste each flavor as well as any favorite or new confection on the day’s menu. If you find yourself there at lunchtime, small bites are available at the Jelly Belly Snack Bar. Tours operate daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and last approximately 25-30 minutes.

10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie, WI (866-TOUR-JBC or

Photo: Courtesy of Jelly Belly


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— Maria Chambers

Cover photo: Courtesy of Jelly Belly