155th Midwinter Meeting


FEBRUARY 20 – 22, 2020

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The 2020 Midwinter Meeting will be held at the McCormick Place West Building, 2301 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago

Join us in Chicago

155th Midwinter Meeting: Thursday – Saturday, Feb. 20 – 22, 2020

Preparations are already being made to bring you a memorable experience, featuring top-notch continuing education opportunities, exciting social and networking gatherings and a packed Exhibit Hall.

Enjoy our world-class city of Chicago while you learn from the leaders in dental education. Choose from more than 250 courses, including valuable hands-on workshops, lectures and live patient demonstrations, plus a timely symposium discussing Oral Cancer.

Be sure to spend some time in our Exhibit Hall where you can try out the latest dental innovations from more than 650 exhibiting companies

After the meeting, take the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and recharge. Dine in our fabulous restaurants. Shop the Magnificent Mile. Take a tour of our amazing architecture or experience our many fascinating museums and cultural institutions. Chicago is our hometown and we look forward to welcoming you.

Network with colleagues and the dental community. Catch up with classmates at our various Midwinter Meeting special events, gatherings and Associated Events, including our Mentor luncheon, New Dentists Reception, and various dental school alumni reunions.

CDS members register for free

Are you an ADA member?

Join CDS as an Associate Member for only $125 and pay no registration fee. That’s a $70 savings compared with on-site registration fees. Join now.

What's New for 2020?

Student Scientific Research Posters

New to the Midwinter Meeting program are Student Scientific Research Posters where students from UIC College of Dentistry, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine and Southern Illinois College of Dental Medicine will display their chosen research projects during the Midwinter Meeting. The Research Posters will be located in the exhibit hall around the Overlook Café, which is in the center of the exhibition floor, each day of the meeting.

Please plan to visit these research posters and support our up and coming colleagues. For more information on the Research Posters please be sure to download the 2020 Midwinter Meeting mobile app.

Scientific Research Poster Sessions application

Also new this year, a select number of courses will offer 1.5 CE credits. The addition expands the course selections for you making it easier to create a CE lineup that fits your schedule.

In addition, courses are free for all dental students on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Special all-day tracks include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 20: The Business Office
  • Friday, Feb. 21: Health and Wellness
  • Saturday, Feb. 22: Implants

Other special programs include:

Thursday, Feb. 20: Restorative Panel

Friday, Feb. 21: Oral Cancer Symposium


$20 for 2020

As an attendee benefit for 2020, non-workshop courses are either FREE or only $20 as long as you register before February. Beginning February 1, the course prices go up to $105. Be sure to register early to take advantage of this great benefit and to get the classes you want most.

Also beginning in 2020, there will be no online registration deadline as registration will be available through the entire Midwinter Meeting using your mobile device or desktop. There will be an off-hour’s downtime to store and reboot the system prior to the start of the meeting that is scheduled for no more than a 24-hour time frame.

Returning in 2020

Continuing Education Credits and your badge

You will receive a course summary ticket along with your badge that will list all of your registered courses and activities for the meeting. When arriving at a course for which you have registered, the barcode on your summary ticket will be scanned.

Be sure to have that ticket scanned to guarantee you will receive credit for that course. There will be course verification codes as well. Both scan and code are necessary to get credits.

If you are not scanned into a course and have the verification code, you cannot receive credit for that course.

It is your responsibility to have this scan completed.

The CE Verification Center will no longer be available on-site. You can obtain your CE certificate at least three weeks after the completion of the meeting either through the CDS Midwinter Meeting Mobile App or online.

Be sure to save your badge to have the proper registration and sequence information.

CE certificates for the 2020 Midwinter will be issued free of charge through May 31. A $35 charge will be applied for the remainder of the year.

Visit the Exhibit Floor each day and receive 1 CE hour for each day for a total of 3 hours.

3=1 FREE

For every three paid registrations that you sign up, you can register a fourth paying registration for free making the Midwinter Meeting more affordable for all attendees. The value of the lowest cost registration fee will be automatically credited at the time of registration.

Customize Your Floor Plan

Create your own customized floor plan highlighting those companies you wish to visit while at the Midwinter Meeting. Simply go online to on.cds.org/midwinter and select the Virtual Exhibit Hall link.

Select View My Exhibitors to create your own MY EXPO ACCOUNT. Browse through the list of registered exhibitors and add them to your account. It’s that easy.

You can search exhibitors by company name or by product category. Save the list or modify as need be. Print out at home or office your own customized floor plan, which will highlight your exhibitors and their booth locations.

Virtual Trade Show Bag

Check your email the week of the meeting for special offers in the Virtual Trade Show Bag.

You can also view the bag through the 2020 CDS Mobile App, which will be available to download in January.

Register early

We strongly recommend online registration, which is done in real time and provides the latest listing of available and sold-out courses. Mailed and faxed registrations do not offer that same guarantee.

Registration materials

We no longer will use badge holders. Pick up your lanyard tie for your badge on site.

Use your mobile device

If you register by Jan. 31, you have the added benefit of having your registration materials mailed to you prior to the convention or you may choose to hold your registration materials and have them printed onsite. If you opt to receive your registration materials in advance, open them immediately to be sure all your materials are included. Those who register in February will be required to pick up their registration materials on site. International registrations will not be mailed after Jan. 10 and must be picked up on site.

With four registration tiers – November, December, January and February – November offers the lowest fees. Both December and January increase in price, with February online registration fees being the same as on-site fees. Be sure to keep your Internet confirmation for your records and print February online registration confirmations to expedite on-site badge(s)/ticket(s) pickup.

With online registration open throughout the meeting, you only need to visit the on-site registration area at McCormick Place West to print your badge(s)/ticket(s) at the e-tickets stations located in General Registration, Level 3, Concourse.

Available ways to register:
Online (recommended)
Mobile device
Fax: 630.241.1007
Mail: Use your own envelope and mail to:
CDS Midwinter Meeting
C/O Advanced Tradeshow Technologies
PO Box 11175
Denver, CO 80211

Online Additions and Exchanges

Online registration will allow additions after the original order has been placed. Mailed and faxed registrations can be amended as well. CDS will mail credentials twice monthly to allow attendees to add, remove and/or reassign personnel and tickets through January. You can always contact our registration company directly for adjustments and refunds as well. Once your credentials have been mailed, to change or cancel your enrollment in a course, the course summary ticket must be returned to the registration company to receive a refund. An updated course summary ticket(s) will be issued. Adding additional personnel in subsequent tiers will result in registration fee charges.

Payment of Fees

All payments must be made in U.S. currency by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) or by personal check drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to the Chicago Dental Society. Mailed/faxed registrations will not be processed after Jan. 10.

Registration orders received after Jan. 31 online, will not be mailed (Jan. 10 for international attendees). If you miss the deadline, you must pick up registration materials on site at the E-ticket stations.


All badge/course registration cancellations or requests for refunds must be made in writing and received in the offices of Advanced Tradeshow Technologies, postmarked no later than Feb. 6. If your badges and/or course summary tickets have been mailed or received, they must be returned with the request for cancellation/refund. If your tickets have been produced and/or mailed, a $25 service and handling fee will be deducted from the amount of the refund.

Requests for refunds must include actual badges and course summary tickets which should be mailed to:
CDS Midwinter Meeting
C/O Advanced Tradeshow Technologies
PO Box 11175
Denver, CO 80211


Connect with CDS

If you are an ADA member outside Lake, Cook, and DuPage counties in Illinois or an international dentist, you can still join the Chicago Dental Society and enjoy the same benefits as local members. As a CDS member, you are connected to the most important industry meeting of the year, with free admission to the Midwinter Meeting. It makes perfect sense to join, because the cost of your CDS membership is less than the registration fee for a non-member. 

Become a CDS member

Become a CDS member and enjoy easy, convenient access to a tremendous range of CE courses available at the Midwinter Meeting – many of which are free. There’s something for every member of your dental team. See why your dentist colleagues are CDS members and attend the Midwinter Meeting.