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Permanent link  Tickets still available for the 150th Anniversary Gala


Join your colleagues to celebrate how the Chicago Dental Society has been Keeping Chicago Smiling for 150 Years at our 150th Anniversary Gala Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Shedd Aquarium.

Tickets are available now through Wednesday, Aug. 13 in the CDS Store for $125 each. You must be logged into the website as a CDS member to purchase tickets.  Non-members may purchase tickets by phone at 312.836.7300.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well as self-guided tours of the Oceanarium, beginning at 7 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. 

Stay to see the Caribbean Reef Dive at 9 p.m.

Seating is limited. Guests may purchase a maximum of two tickets to this event.


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Permanent link  Make time for an Evening of Wine and Roses


The CDS Foundation invites all to attend An Evening of Wine and Roses, a wine tasting benefit Thursday evening, Nov. 7.

More than 20 wines will be available to taste beginning at 5 p.m., along with hors d'oeuvres and sweets, while guests browse the auction items and test their luck in a raffle.

“Our event supports a good cause, in a special venue, with opportunities for wonderful camaraderie,” said CDS Foundation Event Committee Chair Dave Lang, of Lang Dental Manufacturing. “There will be wonderful wine and food and sweets, and some real opportunities for reuniting with friends as well as making new business contacts.”

The action can be found in Baker and McKenzie’s 50th floor conference center, at 300 E. Randolph St. Mr. Lang said the entire south wall of the event space is glass, allowing guests a spectacular view of Millennium Park, the east Loop and the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

“Plus, at that time of night all the lights will be on in the city and it will be just terrific,” he continued. “It’s a similar experience to going up to the 95th floor of the Hancock Center for a nightcap.”

Tickets are $100 per person, benefiting the programs of the Chicago Dental Society Foundation, including the CDS Foundation Clinic.  Tickets must be purchased in advance (no gate sales), and can be found in the CDS Store.

“Proceeds go to supporting our CDS Foundation Clinic and there good work, as well as the good works of all the other CDS Foundation grantees,” Mr. Lang said. “They will be represented at the event, as they are the reason that we do this.”

Building security requires the names of all guests in advance of the event. Please email the names of all your gusts to within 48 hours of purchasing tickets, and be prepared to show ID when you enter the building.

Parking is available in the Millennium Park garage, accessible from South Columbus Drive between Monroe and Randolph streets.

“Take advantage of being in the city that night and stay downtown for the weekend,” recommended Mr. Lang. “Do some holiday shopping and enjoy the city.”










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Permanent link  Join us at Shakespeare on the Pier


The Chicago Dental Society recently announced plans for the final 2013 Special Event, Shakespeare on the Pier: A live production of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac at the Shakespeare Theater, preceded by a private cocktail reception on Navy Pier Sunday, Oct. 13.

Join your colleagues at Riva, 700 E. Grand Avenue, beginning at 12:30 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The reception closes an hour later, giving everyone plenty of time to find thier seats at the Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Avenue, for the 2 p.m. performance.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a nobleman whose gift for romance is shadowed by his all-too-prominent nose. And the language he employs is nothing short of spectacular:  

  • "My wit is more polished than your mustache. The truth which I speak strikes more sparks from men's hearts than your spurs do from the cobblestones." 
  • "God's whiskers! Your face is hideous as the demon's in my storybook!" 
  • "You're a genuinely good man. There aren't many of you left." 
  • "And what is a kiss, specifically? A pledge properly sealed, a promise seasoned to taste, a vow stamped with the immediacy of a lip, a rosy circle drawn around the verb 'to love.' A kiss is a message too intimate for the ear, infinity captured in the bee's brief visit to a flower, secular communication with an aftertaste of heaven, the pulse rising from the heart to utter its name on a lover's lip: 'Forever.'" 

 And this blogger’s personal favorite: "I would die at the stake rather than change a semi-colon!"

CDS President David Fulton Jr. selected a production at the Shakespeare Theater specifically to recreate the magic of the 2013 Midwinter Meeting, which carried the theme of A Midwinter Night’s Dream.

“It’s time we come full circle with my Shakespearean Dream theme and there is no better way then experiencing live theater first-hand at the gorgeous Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier,” Dr. Fulton said. “I invite everyone out for a beautiful afternoon of cocktails, Cyrano de Bergerac, and an inside look at what helped inspire my ‘Dream.’”

CDS members only may purchase two tickets to this event in the CDS Store.  Seating is limited, so act quickly. Or, as Cyrano said,

"There. There is our soul. The same reed, the same fingers which have piped us into combat, call us softly home, in our thoughts. This is no longer the shrill call to attack, it is every shepherd who ever inhabited our land, whispering his sheep to fold. Listen. It is your hillside, your earth, your forest--your younger brother, suntanned under his red woolen cap. It is the green solitude of nights you spent beside the Sordogne. Listen my countrymen. It is our country calling."






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Permanent link  New Year, new features at the Midwinter Meeting


Happy New Year from the Chicago Dental Society! If your office is anything like ours, your days are filled with new things, like the crack of the 2013 calendars that we’ve just now unwrapped, and efforts toward personal changes we hope to make permanent. We wish you the best of luck and success with the challenges you take on this year.

But there are also new things to look forward to, especially at the Midwinter Meeting. We hope you’ve registered and secured your place at the 148th Midwinter Meeting, Feb. 21-23, at McCormick Place West. 

We’re excited about these new additions, coming in February:

The New Dentist Reception finds a new home at the Midwinter Meeting, enabling those dentists who have been in practice for no more than 10 years to gather for cocktails, conversations and camaraderie among contemporaries on site. The reception is Friday, Feb. 22, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Level 2, 260 Restaurant. Tickets are $10, and required for admission. Add SE5 to your Midwinter Meeting registration now.

Also available on site is a new Rebate Redemption Center. CDS members who’ve registered for the Midwinter Meeting (or who do so before Feb. 1) receive with their materials a rebate coupon for goods purchased from a Midwinter Meeting Exhibitor in the Exhibit Hall. Whereas those rebates have previously been redeemed in droves via the good ‘ole USPS, this year CDS will accept your coupons and proof of purchase on the exhibit floor, near the Live TV Theater. Rebates will be processed after the meeting and sent to your home.



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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting offers special events and tours


We know that you’re planning your trip to the Midwinter Meeting. And while it is very important to be signing up for your preferred courses and plotting your course through the Exhibit Hall, we don’t want your nights to be lacking in fun. This is why CDS makes tours and special events available to our attendees — even more reasons to come to Chicago.

Tours have been arranged through CHICAGO IS…INC to round out your Midwinter Meeting experience. Enjoy what Chicago has to offer by indulging in the food, seeing a Broadway play, or checking out our sports teams. We offer a little something for everyone.

Some of what we offer includes a Bulls game, treating yourself to deep dish pizza and Second City, two Broadway in Chicago plays, and Show Boat at the Lyric Opera.

Don’t forget about the special events we plan too. Get ideas for your spring wardrobe at the It’s a Wonderful World of Fashion fashion show and luncheon Friday. See the talented Ryan Baker pay tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Opening Session Thursday. Dance all night as the CDS Foundation presents Stayin’ Alive Friday night. And close out your weekend at the President’s Dinner Dance, as we honor CDS President John Gerding and his wife, Shirley, Saturday night.

Sign up for the tours and events when registering for the meeting. You must be a registered attendee to attend any tour or event. 


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