How to Have Fun in the Windy City

Dentistry Today


All work and no play makes for a dull dentistry conference. That’s why the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) has lined up a variety of fun and informative events for this year’s Chicago Midwinter Meeting (CMW) where attendees can eat, meet, and enjoy themselves, and even dance the night away.

Sports fans and anyone else interested in learning the secrets to success can join the Opening Session with John F. McDonough, president and CEO of the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks, on Thursday, February 23 in the Ballroom at McCormick Place West. Doors will open at 5 pm, and the program will start at 5:30 pm.

McDonough will discuss leadership as the cornerstone of success with CDS president Philip Fijal, DDS. Since McDonough joined the Blackhawks in 2007, the team has won the Stanley Cup 3 times, in 2010, 2013, and 2015. The Open Session also will salute the winners of the Gordon J. Christensen Award, the Cushing Award, and the CDS Foundation Vision Award.

Take a break from the scrubs and masks of typical dental attire and experience haute couture with the annual Fashion Show and Luncheon. ZZAZZ Products will present the latest styles in a high-energy, visually dazzling production on Friday, February 24 in the Hyatt Chicago Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom. There will be a cash bar reception at 11:30 am, and doors will open at noon.

Also on February 24, CDS will present the New Dentist Reception for those who have been a dentist for 10 years or fewer, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm in the 270 Restaurant at McCormick Place West. Cocktails and food will be served as these new professionals have an opportunity to both network and relax with their contemporaries.

Don’t forget your cowboy boots, as popular cover band American Country puts on a set of classic and contemporary hits on February 24 at Park West. The band prides itself on meticulous recreations of the genre’s greatest artists and performances. Doors will open at 8 pm, and the show will start at 9 pm.

Finally, trade those boots for black tie (optional, of course) at the President’s Dinner Dance, wrapping up the 2017 CMW on Saturday, February 25 at the Hyatt Chicago Hotel Crystal Ballroom. There will be a reception from 7 to 7:30 pm, followed by seating for dinner. The High Society Orchestra will be on hand to sweep guests out of their seats and onto the floor.

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