As we pull into the parking lot, gasps of breath come from the two in the backseat. Bright colored flags atop of the large castle flap in the wind, signaling the impending tournament. Excitement and anticipation fills the air. My oldest nephew, eyes wide open with the most serious face announces, “I’ve never been in a castle before.”
As we wait in the long corridor to enter the great Hall of Arms, both of the boys are riddled with questions:
How many knights will fight? Will there be swords? Horses?
Are we guests of the king and queen? Do we really eat with our hands?
After receiving our tickets, a sweet maiden adorns each of us with a blue crown to match our appointed brave knight of the evening.
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We head into the arena and are thrust back to an age of devotion, honor and duty. Smoke rises, hooves rumble and we are introduced to the main competitors of tonight’s event.
As a falcon is circling above, a wench confirms the suspicion of my nephews, that we indeed eat with our hands precisely as our ancestors did.
We are served a four course meal fit for a king and feast until our bellies can’t accommodate any more.
The competition unfolds as the courageous knights battle one another in games of skill: ring pierce, flag toss, and javelin throw.
There will only be one champion of the realm and we have confidence it will be our heroic blue knight.
The games continue with intensity. The crowd is worked up into a frenzy and every one is chanting for their favorite.
At the final sword plunge determining the winner, the boys cheer wildly as the – our – blue knight prevails above all.
Without a doubt, a knight to remember.
Lodging in Schaumburg
- Sonesta ES Suites Schaumburg
- Homewood Suites by Hilton – Chicago Schaumburg
- Hilton Garden Inn Schaumburg
- Comfort Inn and Suites Schaumburg
- Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott
- DoubleTree by Hilton
We stayed at Holiday Inn Chicago West – Itasca which is about 7 miles south of Schaumburg. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna and as IHG members cost us only 10,000 points.
Know Before You Go
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Chicago
- 2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60195 (847) 882-1496
- Showtimes vary, see website.
- Arrive early. Seats are first come, first serve unless you buy the VIP package.
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