Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Chicago in Schaumburg, IL

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament2001 N. Roselle RdSchaumburg, IL 60195
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Overview

One of the country’s longest-running dinner attractions, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Illinois offers a fun and exciting way to enjoy a meal with family or friends. Guests can enjoy a hearty four-course meal, served banquet-style (without silverware), while watching as six brave knights compete in games of skill atop their beautiful Andalusian stallions.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Schaumburg Travel Experts
  • Silverware is not provided.
  • Arrive early to explore the castle and find your seats.
  • Cheer your knight on to victory while eating a four-course meal.
  • Show duration: approximately 2 hours.
  • Free onsite parking is available for guests.

Description

from Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Illinois
Medieval Times is more than the nation's #1 and longest running dinner attraction - it's a living link to the past where the glory, chivalry and valor of old burst to life in authentic pageantry and thrilling tournament action.

While guests enjoy a hearty four-course medieval-style banquet (without silverware), six brave knights compete in games of skill astride magnificent Andalusian stallions. Lances splinter against shields of steel, broad swords spark and a champion emerges, to the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd. The spectacle unfolds nightly inside a fully enclosed European-style castle.

Plan to arrive early to obtain the best seats, as seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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jmak620
Saint Louis, Missouri
"So Much Fun!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 14, 2018 NEW
I recently came here on a school trip and this was one of the most confusing yet entertaining experiences I've done. The food was really good, the atmosphere was fun, and the show was really entertaining. I would love to come back and do it with the VIP pass sometime. The only thing that I wasn't wild about was the horses all looked really sad please someone tell me that they're okay. Highly recommend this experience!
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JNonnie
Milan, Illinois
"Something fun even for teens!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2018 NEW
We had been to Medieval Times when our kids were much younger but wanted to try it at least one more time even though we thought our kids may be too old. Since we got a good deal on tickets for Spring Break we upgraded to VIP. We got great seats and this was a good way our teens could get more into the show. Totally worth it and they really enjoyed it. Really enjoyable night with older kids!!
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moana08
Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Tips for a First Time Noble! Vegetarian Meal too"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2018 NEW
This experience was recommended by a friend and after visiting I can safely recommend it as well. My family had never attended anything like this before so I wasn't sure what to expect. The information I received after booking online recommended arriving 45 minutes prior to the show. We arrived 30 minutes prior and there was a long line out of the door. We did visit during spring break so maybe it isn't always this busy. There was a large group of young adults in front of us who all had souvenir beer steins and wine glasses from Medieval Times and it was obvious that they had visited more than once before. I wonder if they can get discounted refills. I was also surprised because I thought this was more of an attraction for families with children but I can see how adults could also enjoy this show on their own. I also saw many children in line with swords, even glowing light sabers. When we got through the first part of the line we checked in with our digital tickets and were given cards with our table number. Then each party went to an area to get crowns matching our knight's colors which remind me of the old burger king crowns. We then took a photo with one of the cast members and went into a little area themed like a castle with various souvenirs. We weren't there long and were soon filing into the theater/arena for the show. This area is not very large. There is really no bad seat in the house. There are about 6 rows of tables surrounding a court smaller than a football field, but larger than a tennis court. Our table was more like a row of theater chairs with a narrow table set in front of the chairs. There were others in our row/table already so we were not able to sit along the aisle as we may have preferred. I don't know how they decide on seating but I bought my tickets about 4 weeks in advance and although we were sitting in the second from the last row, we were kind of on the 50 yard line of the arena which I liked. The food is fine, but you don't come for the food. My 8 year old daughter is a vegetarian (and generally a picky eater) and she didn't like the vegetarian bean and rice stew. They also gave her carrot and celery sticks with a side of pita and hummus. She also got the the non meat items in the traditional meal. One of our table mates had a food allergy and although I did not know the details of her allergy, I saw that she received a bowl of cut up fruit. Here is a tip. You have to tip your waiter/serf. Bring extra cash. They work hard and I wish I could have simplified our waiters job by having cash to tip. Then there was the question of what to tip. The food and show are all one price and there were no recommended tipping guidelines. In the end I estimated what I might have paid for a meal and drinks for my family at an Applebees and tipped him $10. I had no idea if this was normal. Cheering for your knight is lots of fun. There is a substantial portion of the show that is horse showmanship and since I know a little about horses, I knew that it was quite difficult for the horses to do some of the tricks, but I think that point was lost on most of the crowd, especially the kids. The knights throw carnations to the audience after each competition and that was cool too. There are various ways to save on this experience. Look for coupons/groupon, etc before you book. For my family the cost was a little over $40 per person with a discount. When I asked my children if they preferred this experience over the only other dinner theater experience they've had, Disney World's Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review, they overwhelmingly preferred Medieval Times and I think it was quite fun. I paid more than twice as much for Hoop Dee Doo, so $40 per person was a bargain for us. I've heard complaints that the experience was expensive, but although this was a little more than taking my family out to dinner and the movies, it was actually less expensive than dinner and tickets to a Circus/Disney on Ice type of show. I did not get any special royalty package this time. The package comes with a few extra souvenirs, but really your paying for slightly better seats. I suppose for a special occasion I wouldn't mind sitting a little closer and being able to look the knights and the horses right in the eye. But the souvenirs for sale were very reasonable. A little flag to wave in our knight's colors was $2. When was the last time you could find a souvenir for $2? I also purchased slushies in a souvenir cup for my kids. Each was $5.50 which isn't bad and they weren't pushing the extra drinks on us. My son was seeking out a special drink after watching other guests with their souvenir mugs and wine glasses. Overall we had a great time and I wouldn't mind coming back in a year or so. I'd even bring friends next time!
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Anonymous
Kendallville, Indiana
"Spring break"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2018 NEW
We decided to visit as a quick spring break get away. It does get very busy so make sure to get your tickets early. It is kind of disappointing that there's only a standard or vegetarian menu. Minus the garlic bread and corn, my kids didn't eat anything. Also, the show can get very lengthy and boring.
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Stella H
"Weekend getaway"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 08, 2018 NEW
Love this place!! Very entertaining and enjoyable evening. Will always attend a show when I travel to Chicago.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Illinois

What exactly is Medieval Times?
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th-century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six Knights competing in the joust and other tests of skill.

How long is the show?
Expect almost two hours of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, displays of extraordinary horsemanship and falconry as part of an exciting yet touching story set in Medieval Spain.

What else does Medieval Times have besides a dinner show?
They also feature an excellent bar, dance floor, Hall of Arms displaying medieval artifacts and a medieval torture museum.

What's on the menu?
Medieval Times' noble guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages. A full-service bar is also available for adult guests. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

How early should I arrive?
The Castle doors will open 75 minutes prior to the show time printed on your tickets. Plan to arrive early; seating is first come, first served and to obtain the best seats available you should arrive as early as possible. Once in the Hall of Arms, there are plenty of activities and festivities to enjoy: visit the extensive gift shop, full-service bar, museum of torture and observe the master falconer and his birds of prey up close. Knighting ceremonies are also performed pre-show.

How much is parking?
They offer FREE on site parking.

Is it true that we must eat with our hands?
Absolutely! Eating utensils were not used in the 11th century and we take you back!

What is the dress code?
The dress is casual.

What is the policy for lap children under 3 years old?
Children under the age of 3 are admitted free as long as they sit on adults' laps and eat from their plate. If you prefer the child to have his or her own seat and meal then the child rate would apply.