Schaumburg Medieval Times: A Knight to Remember

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.”

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Medieval Times in Schaumburg, Illinois

Schaumburg Medieval Times

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?

Medieval Times Schaumburg

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.

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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.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

We are served a four course meal fit for a king and feast until our bellies can’t accommodate any more.

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The competition unfolds as the courageous knights battle one another in games of skill: ring pierce, flag toss, and javelin throw.

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Medieval Times Schaumburg

There will only be one champion of the realm and we have confidence it will be our heroic blue knight.

Family Fun in Schaumburg

Family Fun in Schaumburg

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. It was a perfect end to a perfect day on our mini getaway to Schaumburg.

Without a doubt, a knight to remember.


Schaumburg Medieval Times: A Must-Do with Kids
And the blue knight wins!

Lodging in Schaumburg

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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Fun things to do in Illinois with kids: Join the Royal Court in an event of skill and courage at Schaumburg Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament.

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Angela E. is a travel writer from the Chicagoland area who has visited all 50 states in the US and has traveled extensively around the world. She is passionate about exploring the great outdoors and hiking in particular. Her love for nature has taken her to some of the most beautiful locations on the planet. She has written extensively about her travels on her own website, Dang Travelers, and has been published in collaboration with other travel websites and multiple visitor bureaus around the country.

2 Responses

  1. Chris Travels

    I have been to Medieval Times, albeit quite a few years ago. Your descriptive narration brought me back as though I was there just yesterday! You are a very entertaining story teller and made me feel like I was engrossed in a wonderful novel based on a different time in history. Maybe you have another career waiting for you…a writer of captivating novels. 😉

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