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.”
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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!