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Permanent link  Join us at Brookfield Zoo July 24 for the CDS Family Picnic


Zoo Child 2 and under TicketTickets for the CDS Family Picnic at Brookfield Zoo are now on sale. CDS members must sign in to our site to view and purchase special event tickets. If you have not previously registered on our site, click here.

The CDS Family Picnic will be held Sunday, July 24. The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. and exhibits close at 5:30 p.m. Lunch is served noon - 2 p.m.

CDS members may purchase a maximum of four reduced-price tickets to this event. Members who wish to purchase additional tickets may do so at full price.

Pricing is as follows:

  • Adults (ages 12-64): $21 each (full price: $41)
  • Children ages 3-11: $20 each (full price: $30)
  • Children up to age 2: Free (full price: $5)
  • Senior Citizens (ages 65 and over): $20 each (full price: $30)

All packages include:

  • Zoo admission
  • Complimentary parking pass
  • Zoo maps
  • Children's Splash Pad available (weather permitting)

The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, potato salad, fresh sliced watermelon, garden salad with assorted dressings, vegetarian baked beans, ice cream and soda.


Permanent link  Register now for the May 17 CDS Webinar: Cyber Security in the Dental Office


Cyber Security in the Dental Office

Eric Riegerpresented by Eric Rieger

May 17 • noon (CST)

About our Webinar

Are your patients’ records vulnerable? How prepared is your dental practice in the event of a cyber attack? Dental practices face unique challenges. Is your IT up to the task? 

Webinars are free to CDS members and $30 for non-members. When you register for a webinar, an email confirmation will be sent to you containing your link to access the webinar during the day of the event. Only those who register in advance for the webinar will be able to view it on demand at a later date.

About our Speaker 

Eric Rieger is the president of WEBIT Services. WEBIT Services's focuses on providing the business tools that small businesses need to compete, providing affordable technology designs based on business requirements.Eric Rieger is the president of WEBIT Services.

Register now for the 2016 CDS Webinar

CDS is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider


ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

CDS designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.


Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting named one of Top 150 trade shows for 2015


 2015 TSNN Top 250 Tradeshows

The 2015 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting was named to the Trade Show News Network list of the Top 250 trade shows. View the complete list here



Permanent link  CDS Foundation Clinic to host open house April 16


As part of National Volunteer Week, the Chicago Dental Society Foundation Clinic will host an open house event for new volunteers on Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Interested individuals are invited to tour the clinic, meet key staff members, learn about volunteer opportunities and ask questions.

In 2015 alone, the clinic's volunteer corps of over 88 provided over $450,000 of donated dental services to the working poor in Chicagoland. Our volunteer dentists, hygienists and assistants alleviate pain and restore oral health through exams, prophylaxis, intraoral and panoramic X-rays, basic restorations and carefully evaluated extractions. 

Please RSVP to attend.

For more information, visit our Facebook event or email Kristen Weber, CDSF Executive Director, or call 312.836.7301.


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Permanent link  Tell Congress to support the DOC Access Act


Please join us in urging your Member of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Dental and Optometric Care Access Act or the “DOC Access Act”, H.R. 3323.

H.R. 3323 will bring better practices and free market principles back into the healthcare system.

The DOC Access Act prohibits all federally regulated dental or vision discount plans from dictating what a doctor may charge a plan enrollee for items or services not covered by the plan. The language also restricts the practice of providing minimal reimbursement for services, as well as limiting the lengths of contracts to one year.

Take action today and urge your Congressman to co-sponsor H.R. 3323 and end the unfair practice of non-covered services provisions that interfere with your relationship with your dental plan patients.

Thank you for your continued action and support! Take action now!