• August 27, 2020

156th Midwinter Meeting goes virtual

New format protects health and supports continuing education

Aug. 27, 2020 (CHICAGO) — The Chicago Dental Society (CDS) announced today that its 156th Midwinter Meeting, previously scheduled to be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, will be a virtual event. The meeting will be hosted February 25 – 27, 2021.

“Every year, CDS brings together nearly 30,000 dentists, other healthcare professionals, and exhibitors from throughout the world,” said CDS President-elect Dean P. Nicholas, DDS. “While the camaraderie and connection afforded by an in-person event will be missed, our first and foremost concern is the health and safety of our attendees. In an abundance of caution, our Board of Directors determined that the 2021 Midwinter Meeting, ‘Heart of Dentistry’ will be moved to a virtual format.”

“As essential healthcare workers, CDS dentists are 100% committed to ensuring that they are able to care for their patients,” he continued. “At this time, it is difficult to predict whether a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 will be widely available. A virtual meeting will still allow for important education and scientific exchange. We are disappointed that we cannot be together in-person but look forward to a robust meeting.”

As a virtual event, the 2021 Midwinter Meeting promises to deliver an outstanding program along with an interactive exhibition for dental professionals. The meeting will continue to be the valuable and professionally stimulating event to which attendees and exhibitors have been accustomed.

“We understand that our participants – including dentists, their staff teams, speakers, and exhibitors -- rely on the annual Midwinter Meeting as a source for the latest research, premier professional education and cutting-edge innovation in dental products,” said Dr. Nicholas. “Connecting dental professionals and manufacturers is more important than ever during this time, and CDS is doing this in the safest way possible.”

Registration for the virtual 2021 Midwinter Meeting opens Nov. 2.

Registration is free to CDS members. Additional details, registration fees and course package information will be announced soon. Visit for updates.

About the Chicago Dental Society

Trust a Chicago Dental Society (CDS) dentist with more than just your smile. Talk with them and you'll see their work is an investment in not just your oral health, but your overall health. They are current on the dental trends and technology through extensive CDS continuing education programs, including the Midwinter Meeting. Ranking among Chicago’s top 20 conventions, the CDS Midwinter Meeting – one of North America’s largest exhibits of dental products and professional dentistry – welcomes approximately 30,000 dental professionals each year, and generates more than $32 million for the local economy (according to Choose Chicago). The largest local affiliate of the American Dental Association, the non-profit Chicago Dental Society represents dentists across the Chicago region. They're your neighbors, friends and community anchors. Connect with the Chicago Dental Society at, where you’ll find our easy-to-navigate Find-a-CDS Dentist search tool. Or, connect on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.