Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Spring break has arrived and Medieval Times is calling all lords and ladies from across Chicagoland to attend their castle for dinner and tournament. For families who aren’t currently basking in warmer weather or didn’t hit the road for an epic road trip, you can have the perfect staycation this spring break by joining the royal family and knights in shining armor in Schaumburg!
My family and I were excited to accept an invitation as guests of the castle. We arrived 30 minutes prior to showtime to make sure we had great parking and were inside early. My two boys, ages eight and five, were in awe of the castle upon arrival, as the colorful shields decorate the outside and the giant wooden doors await your presence. We started our night by receiving our crowns and found out we would be sitting in the red section and cheering on the red knight. We had a quick photo with the princess, and then began to peruse the giant hall. The kids were immediately drawn to the gift area where swords, shields, and apparel can be purchased in support of your favorite knight. We took a quick glance at the impressive coats of armor, and then we were escorted to our seats in the red section.
Upon seating, we were greeted by our server and each given our own flag to wave in support of our red knight, and the spectacle soon began. Medieval Times did not disappoint throughout the night, as we were treated to events involving jousting, weaponry, falconry, horsemanship and so much more. The story and entertainment had our family invested from start to finish. We waved our flags in support of the red knight, who ended being the top knight at night’s conclusion! Needless to say, the red section was going crazy in support of their new hero.
Not only was the tournament impressive to watch, we were also lucky enough to take part in the king’s feast throughout the night. A four course meal, including tomato soup, garlic bread, half of a whole chicken, a seasoned potato wedge, corn on the cob and an apple turnover for dessert. My wife Jen, who is a vegetarian, was offered the choice of the day which was a six-bean chili and was also given a plate of hummus with pita and carrots along with every other side. The vegetarian options change daily. The food was plentiful, tasted great, and was the perfect complement to the exciting action taking place just a few feet in front of us.
We ended our night thrilled from the amazing entertainment and full from great tasting food, all in all a truly authentic and jaw dropping setting. This is a must-do event for nearby families and friends, small or large groups, special celebrations or anyone looking to go back and live out an experience from the medieval times.
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Disclosure: The writer of this post received a complimentary visit to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are his own.