Special Events

Tickets are required for all special events. Be sure to order your special event tickets at the same time you order your scientific program tickets. Only registered attendees can purchase special events tickets.

Category SE (Special Events) is available for those attendee guests who are attending only the official events which include Opening Session, Fashion Show, Friday Night and/or the President’s Dinner Dance. The attendee must register their guest as category SE with their office registration materials or on site. Category SE is a free badge in November, December and January while a fee of $25 is assessed in February.

Special event tickets purchased in February will incur an on-site differential in the fee. All special event(s) ordered, will be included on your course/event summary ticket(s) as part of your registration materials. The Friday Night event will have a separate ticket which is collected at the venue.

Special Events Disclaimer

In purchasing tickets, individual(s) release the Chicago Dental Society as well as any of their employees from and against all claims, demands, suits, actions, losses (to persons or property), damages, injuries (including personal or bodily injury or death), expenses (including attorney fees), or other liabilities of any kind, by or in favor of any person, directly or indirectly arising out of or in connection with the event, regardless of cause or fault.


Thursday, Feb. 20

The Opening Session of the 2020 Midwinter Meeting promises to be a memorable event.

The event will begin with the recognition of the recipients of the Gordon J. Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award, the George Cushing Award and the CDS Foundation Vision Award.

Following the presentation of the awards, the Opening Session will feature LORI GREINER, a star Shark of the four time Emmy winning show, Shark Tank.

Lori started with one idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand.

She is now regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products, having created over 700 products, and holds 120 United States and international patents. Shark Tank is a hit entrepreneurial business show, on ABC, where she invests in companies and helps turn dreams into a reality. She also has had her own show on QVC-TV, for the past 18 years called Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner.

Lori says she can tell instantly if a product is a "hero or a zero," and this is clearly shown through her many thriving investments and a 90% success rate on new items launched. Several of her investments are the highest success stories on Shark Tank to date. She entered the literary world with her first book, Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! which is a national best seller and is a hands-on, step-by-step guide on how to turn an idea into a million dollar reality.

Lori's accomplishments come from her sharp instincts and strong business sense. She oversees the legal and patent processes, and has driven her business to the success it has achieved. At the heart of her own success is a combination of talent, hard work and perseverance, as well as sincere, energetic on-air appeal.

McCormick Place West Building Ballroom W375E

  • Ballroom doors open at 5 p.m.
  • Program will start promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Event number: SE1

Notice: Absolutely no photography or recording (e.g. cameras, audio recording, video cameras, cell phone cameras, cell phone videos etc.) of any kind shall be permitted during the performance . Violating this policy will result in removal from the venue and any unauthorized photos/recordings shall be immediately destroyed.


Friday, Feb. 21

Take a short break and enjoy a nice lunch, great music, and cutting edge fashion. Meeting attendees can hop a shuttle bus to ride to the Hyatt Regency Chicago to see many fashions from local designers. ZZAZZ Productions presentation promises to be high-energy, visually dazzling production.

  • 11:30 a.m. cash bar reception
  • Fashion Show doors open at noon

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom

  • Tickets: $75 per person online prior to February, $85 per person in February or on site
  • Tables of 10 available
  • Ticket required for entry
  • Event is open to all attendees
  • Limited seating
  • Includes entertainment and lunch

Event number: SE2

Purchase tickets online. Tickets may also be available on site Thursday morning at McCormick Place at the Special Events ticket counter in the Registration Area, Level 3, Concourse, subject to availability.


Friday, Feb. 21

New dentists (those who have been a dentist for 10 years or less) are invited to enjoy the fascinating and lively art of conversation with your peers while enjoying cocktails and light food during the Midwinter Meeting at the annual New Dentist Reception.

5 – 6:30 p.m.

McCormick Place West Building, West Lobby on the Exhibit Floor

  • $20 per ticket online prior to February
  • $25 online in February or on site
  • Tickets required for entry

Event number: SE5

Purchase tickets online through Feb. 21 at noon, subject to availability.


Friday, Feb. 21

The Academic Chapter of the Chicago Dental Society invites all dental students to meet other students attending the Midwinter Meeting at a reception. Come to this free event to meet, greet, socialize and enjoy light food and refreshments.

5-6:30 p.m.

McCormick Place West Building, Level 2, Restaurant 270

  • Registration required for complimentary event to dental student registrants (categories HD, HF & HI)
  • Ticket/badge required for entry

Event number: SE6

Purchase tickets online until Feb. 17. Tickets may also be available onsite Thursday morning at McCormick Place at the Special Events ticket counter in the Registration Area, Level 3, Concourse, subject to availability.


Friday, Feb. 21

After a busy day hearing lectures and visiting the Exhibit Hall, finish your day by attending the 2020 Midwinter Meeting Friday Night event at Park West where you will be wowed by One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen & The Works.

Gary Mullen is a lifelong Queen fan as well as a keen singer. His career as Freddie Mercury started in 2000 when he won the overall Live Grand Final of the Granada TV show Stars in Their Eyes.

In 2002 after enjoying success as a solo artist, he created One Night of Queen and formed his band The Works.

Gary Mullen & The Works have enjoyed great success in the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and the United States performing One Night of Queen. This is a must see Friday Night event. The Works includes Billy Moffat, Jon Halliwell, Malcolm Gentles, and David Brockett.

Purchase tickets online at www.cds.org. Tickets may also be purchased onsite Thursday morning at McCormick Place West at the Special Events ticket counter in the Registration Area, Level 3, Concourse, subject to availability.

Doors open at 8 p.m., performance starts at 9 p.m.

Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave.

  • $50 per ticket purchased online prior to Feb. 1, $60 purchased online in February or at McCormick Place West; ticket required for entry.
  • No ticket sales at the door
  • Open to all attendees/exhibitors

Event number: SE3

Purchase tickets online through Feb. 20 at noon, subject to availability.


Saturday, Feb. 22

What is the best way to finish your Midwinter Meeting? The annual President’s Dinner Dance is a great way to celebrate our wonderful Midwinter Meeting.

Join CDS President Terri Tiersky and her husband, Roland Davidson, at what promises to be a very special evening.

The fantastic music of the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra will be part of a special evening planned to wow you, so don’t miss a memorable evening with your family and friends.

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal Ballroom

  • Reception: 7 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Dinner Seating: 7:30 p.m.
  • Black Tie Optional

Tickets $125 per person purchased online prior to February, $135 person online in February or on site, tables of 10 available

Open to all attendees/exhibitors.

Purchase tickets online through Feb. 20 at noon, subject to availability.

Event number: SE4