If you go to Medieval Times in Schaumburg these days, you may notice something missing.

After decades of tradition, the dinner entertainment venue has done away with the king, and all the glorious chivalry and action you’ve come to expect from Medieval Times is now overseen by a queen.

The move was prompted by years of guest feedback asking for more women in lead roles, according to a press release put out by the company. It’s nice to see a woman in charge!

In the new show, the queen is Maria Isabella, who has newly taken over the throne after the death of her father, the king. Her authority may be challenged, but she shows herself to be a strong leader in the end.

The elements that make Medieval Times a fun place to go remain intact. Knights, jousts, contests on horseback and on foot, falconry, and trained Andalusian horses provide excitement and atmosphere. The stage combat is thrilling, the animals are stunning, and the musical cues and costumes remain impressive.

You cheer on your knights while enjoying a utensil-free repast that includes garlic bread, tomato soup, roast chicken and corn, and dessert. There’s a story that references sexism and gives the queen a chance to show her strength, although let’s face it – the plot isn’t really what we’re there for. Still, this is definitely a welcome change that brings the show into the 21st century (so to speak).

Through 2/4, if you bring non-perishable food items to the Schaumburg castle, you’ll receive 35 percent off adult tickets and 20 percent of children’s tickets (age 12 and younger) for every three items (limit: 14). The Fill the Pantry initiative helps the Greater Chicago Food Depository by replenishing stockpiles that are historically low this time of year.

For more information on the show and how to get the discounted tickets, visit www.medievaltimes.com/chicago.


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