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Permanent link  Midwinter Meeting named one of Top 150 trade shows for 2014


Trade Show News Network (TSNN) has released its list of the 2014 Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States. Culled from show management and data supplied to TSNN, the list represents the top trade shows held last year in the U.S. ranked by net square footage.

2014 Trade Show News Network Top 250The Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting ranks 133rd, with 168,760 square feet, 637 exhibitors, and more than 21,000 attendees.

The full, searchable list, sponsored this year exclusively by Expocad, can be found here

Other dental meetings on the list include the Greater New York Dental Meeting (#146) and the Yankee Dental Congress (#191).

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG snagged the top spot with a 2,356,711 net square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Once again, the city with the most shows on the 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show list was Las Vegas, with 60. Orlando scored the second most number of shows on the list, with 26, followed close behind with Chicago hosting 24.

The rest of the top 10 cities included New York City coming in fourth, with 20 shows; Atlanta was fifth, 14 shows; New Orleans was sixth, 11 shows; San Francisco and Boston came in seventh, 8 shows; Denver and Anaheim were eighth, 6 shows; Indianapolis was ninth, 5 shows; and San Diego rounded out the top 10 with 4 shows.

The busiest month last year for shows was March and February was second busiest with 28 shows. The slowest months were December and July, with 9 shows each.


Permanent link  Register for the May 20 CDS Webinar on HIPAA


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Permanent link  Photos from the 150th Midwinter Meeting


Thank you 

for attending the 150th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.

View photos from our Midwinter Celebration at our microsite – A Day in the Life of CDS.




Permanent link  2015 final attendance numbers


Registered attendees as of 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Graduate students/Residents131
Dental students1,166
Office personnel1,911
Laboratory technicians232
Hygienist/Assistant students1,265


Permanent link  Come back in 2016 for iMeeting


2016 Chairs

Though the 2016 Midwinter Meeting will carry the theme of iMeeting, the experience will be centered on the attendee, 2016 Chicago Dental Society president George Zehak said.

“It has been designed for you: the individual,” he explained. “It has everyone in mind: the new dentist, the dentist in mid-career, the dentist in later years of practice, the hygienist, the dental assistant, office staff, and every person in dental care whether inside or outside the office; that includes our lab partners and exhibitors. We want all of our family under one roof in our beautiful city.”

2016 logoMark your calendar today to return to Chicago for the 151st Midwinter Meeting, iMeeting, Feb. 25-27, 2016. The three-day meeting of continuing education and commercial exhibitions returns to McCormick Place West. Dr. Zehak worked with the leadership team of Jun Lim, general chair, and Melanie Watson-Montgomery, program chair, to assemble a menu of more than 200 courses of interest to the whole dental team.

“Every Midwinter Meeting has been a success, and our 151st year will keep up the tradition,” Dr. Zehak said. “As always we have some of the best courses and lecturers in the world; iMeeting will even present some courses in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.  Our top-quality and broad professional program will be accompanied by entertainment and other details found throughout McCormick Place to make it fun and to excite your senses.

“iMeeting will be an exciting opportunity for professionals to build their expertise in many facets of patient care.”

Courses will cover topics including oral surgery, medical emergencies and lasers, many with opportunities to learn from the masters in a hands-on environment. Brazilian clinician Newton Fahl, known the world over for his work in cosmetic dentistry, will offer multiple courses at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting.

And the respected Windy City Lecture Series gives attendees access to up-and-comers in the profession, in a series of hour-long courses throughout the three-day meeting.

As at all Midwinter Meetings, the Exhibit Hall serves as an extension of the scientific program. More than 650 exhibitors from around the world will convene at McCormick Place West to share with attendees the newest, best and most trusted tools of the trade. Dr. Zehak promised a fun and lively environment in which attendees should spend their time outside of the classroom, learning from the service providers and manufacturers who strengthen the practice of dentistry.

“The 151st Midwinter Meeting will bring exciting events to our Exhibit Hall. You won’t want it to end,” Dr. Zehak said.