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158th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting | February 23 – 25, 2023

Featuring more than 240 courses and an Exhibit Hall featuring the latest dental innovations

Registration starts Nov. 1

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Midwinter Meeting


The Power of Learning

Elevating your knowledge and career are at hand at the best scientific dental meeting in the country. Leading dental speakers presenting unparalleled continuing education and the industry’s top exhibitors will gather for the 158th Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, Feb. 23 – 25, 2023.

Online registration is open from Nov. 1 through the last day of the meeting , Feb. 25, 2023. Update  existing registrations online or in the mobile app (available in January) to add team members, courses, and events. Badges will be mailed through Jan. 31, 2023. Any registration badges processed after Jan. 31 can be picked up onsite.

If your badge has not been mailed to you, have your registration confirmation email available to expedite badge(s) pickup onsite. You only need to visit the General Registration area at McCormick Place West to print your badge(s) at the e-badge stations located on the Concourse, Level 3.


All Midwinter Meeting sessions carry a fee unless otherwise noted. All courses, free and paid, require registration. To gain access into the session onsite, the barcode on the name badge will be scanned.

Lectures offer cutting-edge information on a wide variety of topics for every member of the dental team, ranging from 90 minutes to three hours in length. All-day programs (6 credit hours) will have 1 ½ hour lunch break included. 

Workshops provide opportunities to handle and manipulate materials, equipment, and instruments and to practice techniques under the supervision of an expert clinician. Some workshops require the participant to bring instruments or materials from the office or mandatory attendance at a prerequisite lecture prior to the workshop. Please check course descriptions carefully for such information.

Registration categories that cannot attend courses include Exhibits Only (categories EFD, EFN), Children Under 18 (category R), Special Events (category SE) and Guest (category U). Student categories that cannot reserve free courses in advance include Pre-Dental (category PD), Hygienist (category QH) and Assistant (category QA).

Course Codes are:

W: workshops (3 hours)
FL: free lectures (3 hours)
L: lectures (3 hours)
FSL: free short lectures (1.5 hours)
SL: short lectures (1.5 hours)
PL: panel lectures (3 hours)
DL: Donated CDS Foundation lectures (3 hours)
CLT: Corporate Learning Theater (1 hour)
AD: All Day programs (6 hours)

Free Courses (F)

Free courses are preceded with “F.” Register and arrive in advance of start time. If you arrive late for a free course, your seat may be gone. Course start times are staggered.

Mandatory Courses (M)

Some workshops have a mandatory lecture as part of the presentation. When registering for the workshop “W” course, mandatory lecture seats (marked with “M”) are automatically reserved for you and included in the workshop fee.  

Repeat Courses (R)

Several of our courses are repeated during the meeting to enable as many people to attend as possible. Repeat courses are denoted with an “R.” 


Course handouts will be available online when registration opens Nov. 1 or on the Midwinter Meeting mobile app when it is available for download in January. 

Student Scientific Research Posters 

Student Scientific Research Posters allow students from University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, Southern Illinois College of Dental Medicine, Marquette University College of Dentistry and University of Indiana School of Dentistry to display their chosen research projects during the Midwinter Meeting. The Research Posters are located around the Overlook Café, which is in the center of the Exhibit Hall, each day of the meeting. Please plan to visit these research posters and support the students. 


During the meeting at McCormick Place, see the best exhibits showcasing the latest in dental products and services and enjoy additional outstanding programs presented in the Corporate Learning Theater. Your badge is your access to the Exhibit Hall. Your badge must be worn at all times during the meeting and while in the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibit Hall Schedule

McCormick Place West, Level 3, Hall F

Thursday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Corporate Learning Theater(s)

Located in the Exhibit Hall, Corporate Learning Theater programs are offered three times daily. Various exhibitors are scheduled to provide one-hour in-depth presentations on products, services, or techniques in an open-air theater. These theaters are located at the rear of the Exhibit Hall. Register for these free lectures in advance.

Exhibits Only Pass

An Exhibits Only Pass is available for both dentists (category EFD) and non-dentists (category EFN) attending the commercial exhibition only. All other category badges allow access to the Exhibit Hall.

CDS members register for free

Are you an ADA member?

Join CDS as an Associate Member for only $125 and pay no registration fee. Join now.

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 opens the door to more value and benefits 

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, including free courses. There’s something for every member of your dental team.

See why your dentist colleagues are CDS members and attend the Midwinter Meeting.