Review: Medieval Times Schaumburg, IL

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UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Nicole!

Anyone who’s driven the stretch of I-90 that passes through Schaumburg has likely seen the enormous castle on the north side of the highway. This castle is home to Medieval Times, the family-friendly “dinner and tournament” attraction that’s been entertaining Chicagoland audiences since 1991. Have you ever experienced it? Cheering for your favorite knight, watching the incredible horsemanship, and eating 11th-century style (with your hands!) is all part of the fun you’ll have at Medieval Times. 

Medieval Times wants to give you and your family a chance to experience the fun too. I’ve got a four-pack of tickets to the Schaumburg, Illinois Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament! One lucky reader will get to take his or her friends and family out for a fun night of medieval-style dining and entertainment.

To enter, simply post a reply in the comments under this article! This giveaway begins today, June 25, 2015, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on July 1, 2015 at 11:59pm CST, and on July 2, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!


Our evening at Medieval Times:

Our whole family was excited about spending an evening at Medieval Times! We headed out on Friday night for “Dinner and Tournament.”

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When you enter the castle and present your tickets, each member of your party receives a crown bearing the color of the knight you’ll be cheering for. Our family was assigned the black-and-white knight (which coincidentally was the one our daughter wanted!) and we all donned our crowns and headed into the castle.

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We arrived with plenty of time to browse the castle interior before dinner began. There are many exhibits and shops inside the castle, and it’s worth taking some time to explore the whole area.

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I’d recommend setting a spending-money budget for kids in this area, as children will likely want to buy something..! Most of the souvenirs were reasonably priced — we saw T-shirts and jewelry in the $10-$20 range and play swords for $10.

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A bargain kid-pleaser: Flags to wave at the tournament bearing the colors of your knight are just $2 for a small flag, $5 for a large one. (Yes, she wanted the large one…)

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My boys enjoyed talking to the castle’s resident falconer, who gave guests an up-close look at the beautiful bird that would later be flying over their heads during the show. 

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When the arena opens, you’ll be greeted by a wench who explains the menu for the evening. Everything is eaten with your hands, of course!

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The entire evening is filled with showmanship — the knights are talented horsemen who perform a variety of challenges and feats to determine who will battle who in the joust.

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The crowd really gets into it — strangely, it reminded me a little of going to the WWE! (Hey, it’s a bit similar, isn’t it — people fighting in what’s likely a predetermined outcome, yet it’s a raucous good time!) 

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All of the kids had a fantastic time (and so did the adults..!) The battle sequences are great fun and filled with action, and you really realize how skilled the knights are. They’re fighting with real weapons — you’ll see sparks flying from swords, wooden lances splintering and breaking, and exciting hand-to-hand combat. 

I was the only one in our family who’d previously been to Medieval Times — I went with my parents shortly after this Schaumburg location opened, so it’ s been quite some time since I visited the halls of this castle. I have to say that I was so impressed that this 24-year-old attraction is still immaculate inside and out — from the decor in the castle to the cleanliness of the facility. 

Admission to Medieval Times is $61.95 for adults and $36.95 for children 12 and under (plus tax and processing fee). Lap children under 3 are free. Gratuities are not included.

Save money by: Using coupons! Chicago Fun has a coupon for $15 off adult admissions and $10 off child admissions. If you know someone who’s recently gone to Medieval Times, the paper crown you wear during the tournament has a $10 coupon inside! The Radio Shopping Show also has discounted admissions at times.

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Legal: This giveaway is sponsored by Medieval Times. Responding to this post with a comment qualifies readers to enter. Duplicate posts do not increase chances of winning. The contest began at midnight CST on June 25, 2015 and will end at 11:59pm CST on July 1, 2015. One winner will be chosen via random-number generator on July 2, 2015 and announced the same day. Winners will receive a four-pack of tickets to the Medieval Times Schaumburg, Illinois location. Prize, information, and giveaway have been provided by Medieval Times. I have received information to help promote the product as part of this giveaway and tickets to Medieval Times to facilitate this review. Winner will be contacted via email. If the winner is a registered member of JillCataldo.com, he or she will be contacted via Private Messaging as well. If a winner does not reply to the message within 48 hours of notification, that winner will forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen. Fulfillment will be handled by Medieval Times. Medieval Times reserves the right to substitute a different prize if necessary. Odds of winning are determined by number of eligible entries received. Good luck to everyone!

Comments

    • Rhonda oppeRman says

      Would love to bring my daughter. She has been asking to go to the castle when we pass it on the expressway. :)

  1. Norma houppert says

    I would love to win this. I have been wanting to take my daughter here for years. It is just not in our budget. Thanks for the chance.

    • Love2Save1234 says

      I also would love to take my daughter here but we both do not have the funds. It is so exciting. I hope to win.

  2. Nicole says

    I’d love to take my family. We last went when my daughter was an infant, so obviously she doesn’t remember it, and my boys have never been there. I definitely think it’s worth the money for a family to experience at least once.

  3. Amanda says

    My boyfriends has never been and I’ve been wanting to take him for awhe. Hoping we get picked!

  4. theresa1740 says

    Would love to go here. See it from expressway all the time but seems pricey to me.

  5. Carla Bianchi says

    This would be great to win tickets. I would love to take our grandchildren. Thank you!

  6. dave v says

    We had a great time cheering on our knight and watching all the entertainment. Please send us again for another memorable time. cheers!!

  7. Beth says

    I have lived here for 11 years and have never been to MT. This would be a great gift for my son who turns 10 on July 1.

  8. stephanie says

    My daughter and I have many reasons to celebrate: I graduated from college, got a job, my daughter had her birthday, and she graduated from 8th grade and will be in high school! With so much to celebrate, what a more perfect spot to go than Midieval Times?!?!?!?

  9. says

    My boys have been wanting to go there for years! When they were little they used to think the king of Illinois lived there :)

    None of us have ever been and would love to – thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Joanne says

    would love to take my 2 kids and husband to go on a night out with show and dinner. Please pick me.

  11. NicOle says

    We’ve always wanted to go, but it’s pretty expensive for a family of 5.
    Good luck everyone!

  12. Christine says

    We’ve gone once. Ever since, My girls would love to go. Even my 10 year on the autism spectrum loves going, my 6 year has a thing for the gr en night and wants to meet him again…

  13. Becky says

    We went when we first moved here. Best birthday present for me ! Although I didn’t realize the pitcher contained the soup and accidentally poured it in my cup. Lol

  14. san Anguiano says

    Hi Jill,
    My son Jason, loves the entire mid-evil atmosphere, swords, horses & crowns is so his favorite thing right now! He turns 6 y/o on July 1, and he asked us for a horse to raise in the back yard! Winning tickets to this show would be a fabulous gift! Hope you will consider us! Thanks!

  15. dawn says

    This is such an awesome opportunity! Would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win the tickets for my sons and grandkids! Thanks Jill!

  16. SSMark1 says

    Wow! Look at all the comments! My brother’s wedding was held at Medieval Times. It was the first one. That was about 20 years ago. My brother & his wife made their own costumes. MY wanted to do a full blown marketing campaign about themed parties and other occasions, but my brother didn’t want them to, so that was that. I haven’t been there since, but used to work right across the street on Central Rd for DayStar in the business park. I would like to go back again and bring my niece and nephew.

    -Mark

  17. NATALIA says

    I haven’t been in since I was a kid. Will definitely be taking my daughter here soon.

  18. Beth L. says

    I also have never been to MT, but have always wanted to visit. It looks like you had a wonderful time.

  19. Mary Sullivan says

    My kids have always wanted to go here! Hopefully we will be lucky and get picked! Thanks!

  20. Ruby Red says

    We were at Medieval Times a few years ago and we too had the black and white knight! We would love to go back – it was such a fun time.

  21. susieq1811 says

    Every time we drive by, my kids stare at the castle in awe & ask to go. I sure would LOVE to win!!!!

  22. Karen juarez says

    We would love to go we have a family of 5 my daughter went on a field trip a couple months back and can’t stop talking about it we’d love to go it see the show with the whole family :)

  23. Stephanie says

    This would be great! We have never been there. Looks like fun. Thank you for the chance!

  24. Kristi says

    My kids have never been, but we have thought about taking them, ages 4 and 7.

  25. Debra says

    Would love to take my son here. My husband proposed to me at Medieval Times on stage where the king and queen sit. That was 21 years ago. Haven’t been there since.

  26. Amanda omar says

    I would love to have the opportunity to take my babies here. We have never been. The experience would be everything. Thank you

  27. Mary C says

    I’d love to take my girls! I know they’d have a blast. I haven’t been there in 15 years or so!

  28. Teresa says

    My son and I were just talking about MT today. I hope we win. We’ve never been. Thanks for the chance…

  29. Donna says

    My son would love love love this. He has been asking to go there for a few years now. He loves everything midieval. This is totally on his bucket list. My family and I would have such a great time and memories for a life time.