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We’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity this year to visit both New York and Chicago this year, and I’ve already planned to return to Chicago for BlogHer this month. They’re great cities, full of gourmet food, top-notch shopping and unique experiences. While in New York, Doug and I walked the streets of Manhattan, discovered an amazing bar and enjoyed a romantic dinner with a glass of wine. While in Chicago for a recent event, we went a completely different route – we explored Medieval Times, enjoyed dinner and watched as knights jousted!

Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed

Medieval Times Knights
Six Knights, donning authentic medieval armor, clash in a medieval jousting tournament for the title of King’s Champion. Cheer for your knight as they joust and you enjoy a four-course meal.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is one for the whole family and can not be missed. From the moment you park your car, it’s like you’ve stepped back in time, from the castle-like exterior, to the fire-lit entrance, to the one-of-a-kind show. Just minutes from Chicago O’Hare Airport, it’s a convenient drive from the city and as soon as you pull off the highway, the view of the colossal stone tower of the gorgeous Medieval Times castle begins the fun and excitement of your evening, whether you’re with your entire family or enjoying a unique couples night on the town.

Medieval Times meal
The second course of an amazing and unique four-course meal.

It’s a whole other world when you’re seated in front of an expansive arena with falconry, jousting and majestic horses and being greeted by a king while you’re served a four-course meal. The food was delicious – and eaten sans cutlery, which only added to the authenticity of the experience. Our meal included oven roasted chicken (or dragon, rather), garlic bread, soup, herb roasted potatoes, spare ribs and a pastry. It was served on a pewter plate by candlelight – and I rather liked being addressed as “My lady,” and I was even tossed a flower by our knight – our knight that won the tournament, by the way! A girl could get used to that!

We took so many great photos of our experience and would love for you to check them out and let us know what you think! We’re also excited that our friends at Medieval Times in Schaumburg, IL have given us a family 4-pack of tickets to give to one lucky As Mom Sees It reader!

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Dusty is the editor of As Mom Sees It, a family lifestyle and travel site. She is a wife and mother of two in Ohio.

Dusty has been featured on ABC, on Mom Talk Radio and in iBlog Magazine. Her creations have been featured on Craftgawker, DIY Weddings, and in 2013, As Mom Sees It was named one of the Top 50 New Product Review Sites by Cision.

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