Head to the wonderful city of Schaumburg, IL to check out Medieval Times Chicago. This captivating show is great for guests of all ages, taking them to see what it’s like to live in the days of castles, jousting, knights, and more. This immersive experience will thrill and delight visitors who are looking for a unique evening.
During the show, you will be transported back in time to Medieval Spain where brave men will battle in the Tournament of Knights to obtain the title of champion, and the hand of Princess Catalina. While enjoying the show, you will be served a grand 11th-century feast fit for royalty. Everyone in the family will be captivated by beautiful horses, high-energy performers, a memorable story, and an experience that will last a lifetime. Grab your tickets and be on your way to some amazing fun!
About the Show Itself
Upon arrival to this Schaumburg castle, you will be seated in a colored section that represents one of the six valiant knights competing in the Tournament of Knights in the King Court. First, you are served a delicious garlic bread and soup appetizer as the games begin. Root for your knight while they tirelessly battle in different games that will test their strength and valor, compete in a joust tournament, and engage in intense hand to hand combat in a massive arena to see who will become the king champion.
Guests will also witness an ancient ceremony performed by the Royal Falconer where his impressive royal falcon will soar over the crowd. At the end of the Tournament of Knights, find out who will win the hand, and heart, of Princess Catalina.
This show is heralded as one of the best from the Chicago Sun-Time, so whether you are looking for a fun evening out on the town or want to experience history, this is the place to be.
Choose Your Knight
Among the clashing of swords and hand-to-hand combat, you’ll be able to cheer for your favorite knight. Select your favorite champion and cheer them onto victory.
The Black & White Knight
This knight is humble, loyal, and a fantastic fighter who is determined to win!
The Green Knight
With a fierce temper and even fiercer fighting spirit, this brash fighter is a crowd favorite.
The Yellow Knight
This chivalrous champion captures the hearts of women off the battlefield and defeats the hearts of his enemies in battle.
The Red Knight
Nicknamed “Lion’s Heart”, this strong warrior possesses great courage and fighting spirit that makes him a favorite among spectators.
The Red & Yellow Knight
A pro lancer, this knight is swift in his defeat of his enemies. Perhaps he will be the one to win the heart of Princess Catalina?
The Blue Knight
Heralded as a defender of those who are weaker than him, the Blue Knight easily wins the hearts of the people.
The knights compete in various sports to showcase their skills in battle and various acts. Just a few of these sports include jousting, weaponry, falconry, horsemanship, and hand-to-hand combat.
One of the most exciting sports featured at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Chicago is the jousting. This martial game occurs as two horseman board their steeds, wielding jousts with blunted tips. This sport was created as a homage to cavalry battles and was created to test a knight’s skills in regards to this type of combat. The goal of the opponents as they ride toward one another is to break the other’s weapon or knock one another from the horse. Popular since the 1300s, it provides a thrilling time to spectators and competitors alike.
The smithing of weaponry was a vital aspect in medieval warfare, and those who are able to wield a variety of them are often more successful. Watch as your favorite knight challenges his opponents to an old fashioned duel with a variety of tools.
The most popular medieval weapon is definitely a sword. Watch as your favorite knight competes in this unique event. With two types of swords - the Espada and the mandoble, you can witness a variety of interesting and powerful swordplay.
This heavy weapon resembles a type of hammer with a circular head, often with spikes or other damaging feature. One of the pros of this type of weapon is the fierce damage it can apply to even the heaviest of armor, easily damaging and downing even the strongest knight.
Used in jousting, a lance is a long, blunt object that not only can pierce through armor if sharpened, but is a popular choice among cavalry battles.
An alabarda is a unique weapon. This cross between a spear and battle-ax is usually wielded by some of the most skilled knights. Used to keep enemies at a safe distance, this weapon is a favorite among foot soldiers in battle.
A type of sport that was favored among royalty in medieval eras, falconry was an important way for medieval citizens to connect with nature. Join the Royal Falconer as he commands this majestic creature and gives insight on how man and bird have been working together for centuries. Visitors to the castle can even get an up-close look at the beautiful birds. Just remember to keep your fingers and hands placed neatly in your lap when he is brought by. Nature is a powerful thing!
Possibly the most impressive aspect of Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament are the majestic Pure Spanish Horse stallions and the horsemanship the knights possess. A few of the breeds used throughout the tournaments include Andalusians, quarter horses, and Friesians. These magnificent beasts are trained from young stallions to be stars of the show, and the Master of Horse will astonish guests with fascinating displays of this skill.
Guests can also rest assured at the quality of health and care that is given to the royal steeds. The foals are specially raised on the Medieval Times ranch to become star performers. Training begins early on, teaching them to get used to ropes and halters and gaining bonds with their human trainers. It takes about two years of thorough training before the young horses are then taught to be ridden using a saddle and taught to use long reins and follow simple tasks.
At the age of three years old, the horses are moved to the castle where they receive some of the best care around. With clean and comfortable stables to rest in, they are tended to by the Master of Horses who also further their training. By discovering their individual personalities and working with them to form a bond, these magnificent creatures hone skills that help them become powerful beasts in the heat of battle!
Do not miss out on the opportunity to see what their hard work has paid off for them and see some stunning displays such as fancy dressage, airs including courbettes, mezairs, and caprioles, and more. When they’ve done their time in battle, they live out the rest of their days where they started - at the peaceful Chapel Creek Ranch.
Meet the Horses
Medieval Times uses three very distinct breeds of horses in their shows, showcasing a variety of unique personalities and strengths.
These beautiful horses easily become the star of the show with their title as the Pure Spanish Horse. They were a favorite among medieval royalty and were known for their grace. Their white or light gray coat conveys the message of beauty and strength. Medieval Times is also the proud owner of a small number of rare solid black Andalusians, of which comprise only 5% of all Andalusian horses.
The American Quarter Horse is a hearty breed that is fantastic at sprinting. These quick creatures are stars in the speedy competitions such as races, the ring capture, spear targeting, and the joust.
The Friesian horse is aptly dubbed the “powerhouse” of horses. Their sturdiness is perfect for carrying even the heaviest armor-clad knight into battle. It is believed that this breed of horse was bred specifically for cavalry battles, making them the perfect choice for the Medieval Times knights. The King and Lord Chancellor are carried into the arena by this stunning breed.
During the tournament, guests can enjoy a four-course meal fit for The King of the castle himself with a classic medieval menu. Historically, medieval banquets were lavish get together meant to celebrate events. This glorious meal is no different! Join the generous King Don Carlos as you partake in his welcoming banquet, all handmade by his royal chefs and served sans-silverware for a truly medieval experience. The menu includes a delicious lineup of garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, oven-roasted chicken, sweetly buttered corn cobbette, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the castle, and two rounds of beverages for you and your entire clan. Enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage or indulge upon various libations and spirits.
The King’s Vegetarian Meals
For guests who are vegetarians, have no worry! The King of the Castle provides a delicious vegetarian option for his herbivorous guests which includes hummus, warm pita bread, carrot and celery sticks, three-bean stew with fire-roasted tomato and brown rice, fresh fruit or Italian ice, and two rounds of select beverages. (Gluten-free and vegetarian menu available upon request).
About Medieval Times
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament has provided quality entertainment to guests for 33 years. Founded December 20, 1983, this unique venue has been serving up delicious meals and fun shows to visitors of all ages for three decades. With nine locations around North America including Buena Park, CA; Dallas, TX; Schaumburg, IL; Lyndhurst, NY; Hanover, MD; Myrtle Beach, SC; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; and Toronto, ON, Canada, hundreds of thousands of people have been dazzled by the displays.
The castle in Schaumburg, IL was the fourth to be opened. Nearby to Chicago, the grand arena of this location can seat up to 2,500 guests at a time. Most of the other castles seat 2,000 making it the largest of the nine castles. Styled after a medieval Spanish castle, this stunning building has housed thousands of shows, so do not miss out on the opportunity to see it live and live like a king for a day!
If you are looking for a unique way to experience historical significance while having an amazing time in Schaumburg, IL, make sure to book your tickets to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Chicago! Guests of all ages are sure to have an amazing time seeing the battles between the fearless knights, see jousting, falconry, weaponry, and so much more in this exciting feature.