I was invited to attend a blogging event at Medieval Times Chicago in Schaumberg with the kids. If you’re not familiar with Medieval Times, it’s an 11th century inspired feast and tournament dinner attraction. Having been once before when Big was 5, I new Middle & Little would like it but I wasn’t sure if Big would still go for it. I thought it would elicit a lot of “eye rolling” from my teenager, but I have to say that it was he who lead the charge to go. So off we went.
Well, all I can say is what a unanimous success. As soon as the younger two caught a glimpse of the castle they began to get excited. Sitting amidst the strip malls in Schaumberg, the enormity of the castle really does set the tone and draw you in. When you enter the castle, you are given a seating card and a crown in the colors of your dining section (which also determines your cheering section). I strongly encourage you to get there early as seating is first come first serve and being up close adds to the experience. (If you want to be in the first two rows consider upgrading your ticket package to secure VIP seats.)
A Medieval four course meal is served during the show. The set menu includes tomato bisque, garlic bread, roast chicken, sparerib, roast potato and an apple turnover. The garlic bread is out of this world ( I’ve always had a thing for Texas toast) and the chicken is much better than I ever would have expected. The only downside is that they don’t give you silverware. Yes, I know they didn’t have silverware back in the 11th century, but they didn’t have Diet Pepsi either, and they served me that. So there I was ripping chicken bones apart with napkins so my kids would eat.