The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878.
CDS represents the interests of dentists, promotes the science and art of dentistry and advocates for improving oral health for all.
We are part of a tripartite membership relationship with the Illinois State Dental Society and the American Dental Association. CDS tripartite members belong to all three organizations. CDS works locally while the ISDS addresses state issues. The ADA works for dentists on the national level.
Tripartite membership covers Cook, Lake and DuPage counties in Illinois and includes more than 4,000 members.
CDS holds the Midwinter Meeting, its annual dental conference, every February in Chicago.
CDS is comprised of nine branches which are Englewood, Kenwood/Hyde Park, North Side, North Suburban, Northwest Side, Northwest Suburban, South Suburban, West Side and West Suburban.
CDS is governed by a board of directors that comprises five officers, nine branch directors and a New Dentist director. The CDS officers for 2022 are:
- Dr. Thomas Schneider Jr., president
- Dr. Michael Durbin, president-elect
- Dr. David Lewis Jr., secretary
- Dr. Denise Hale, vice president
- Dr. Philip Schefke, treasurer