Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live back in the Medieval period? The idea of knights and princesses has always fascinated me and I recently got the chance to experience what it might have been like firsthand. My family and I were invited to dinner and a show at Medieval Times Chicago (actually located in Schaumburg). It is one of my favorite things to do when we are in the area since the whole family always has a great time!
You get into the mood before you have even parked your car when you see the castle off in the distance. Once you enter, you have the opportunity to get some really cool pictures. You can either let the staff take them with their fancy backdrops or you can snap your own with all of the cool props throughout the lobby. (Don’t forget to get a picture of the suit of armor.)
Once you are seated inside, people begin waiting on you hand and foot. (I could really get used to this part!) A nice gentleman came over and asked if he could get us something from the bar and our server stopped by and introduced himself. As the mother of a food-allergy kid, I am always concerned about how knowledgeable the server is on the ingredients in the food. Not only did our server know exactly what was in the food, he also was able to produce a list of ingredients for us to look over. We settled back to enjoy the food and show with no worries!
The show is always amazing. The knights make riding around on horses and doing all kinds of fancy stunts completely effortless. The arena is divided into sections and each section has a corresponding knight. We were in the “green” knight’s section and he even threw me a flower when he rode in. The show included everything you could possibly want: a villain, a beautiful princess, competition between the knights, even a falcon soaring through the crowd.
The different knights compete using a variety of skills and eventually one is crowned the winner. (It changes each time, so you have to cheer really loudly for your knight to give him encouragement to stay strong.) While all this is going on, the audience gets to enjoy a delicious meal of dragon blood soup (tomato bisque) with garlic bread, dragon meat (chicken), dragon egg (baked potato) and a pastry for dessert. All food is eaten “Medieval style” which means with no utensils and is served in authentic feeling dishes. Even my super picky eater loved his meal.
Thanks so much to Medieval Times for hosting my family. We enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait to come back the next time we are in the area.
|The remnants of the meal….|