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CRS Exhibitor Prospectus

New . . .  Coronavirus information page and impact upon CRS meetings.

UPDATE -- The CRS meetings for the rest of 2020 have been cancelled due to restrictions  caused by the COVID-19 situation.  The October 10 meeting now will take place on May 8, 2020.  The September 10 meeting is cancelled.  Once the public health situation stabilizes, we will publish a new meeting schedule.  Thank you for your understanding!

Three to four educational conferences typically are scheduled during the academic year by the CRS, including one half-day session on a Saturday.  We are happy to offer exhibit and corporate sponsorship opportunities for these events.

View the dates for the 2020 meetings.


The average physician attendance at most meetings is about 60-70 and has been growing over the past few years. We believe this provides a great corporate opportunity, not only for recognition of your support, but more importantly, one-on-one interaction with Chicago-area practicing rheumatologists and rheumatology fellows.  Typically, we have three or four meetings during the year, including a half-day session with several speakers.  At our evening meetings, a reception in the exhibit area precedes the program, and the half-day conference starts with breakfast, break and post meeting time for exhibitors.

Companies interested in having an exhibit at a CRS conference are welcome.  We offer a tabletop display opportunities. (Please note that depending on the location of the meeting, exhibit space may be limited.)  In addition to the display space, all participating companies will receive a list of all meeting attendees, as well as printed and verbal recognition at the meeting.

Register Now (online form & payment)  

Paper Registration for exhibitors (PDF format)

View the meeting schedule for 2020 -- Click Here

Conferences Planned

2020 Meetings 

  • January 29, 2020 (completed)
    • Dinner meeting @ Gene & Georgetti in Rosemont
    • Guest speaker - Eric M. Ruderman, MD; Northwestern University
    • Meeting information - CLICK HERE
    • Download an invitation letter - CLICK HERE
  • April 18, 2020 (October 10) - RESCHEDULED to May 8, 2020
    • Half-day meeting
    • Location - Chicago Renaissance Hotel; 1 Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago
    • Planned Program - CLICK HERE 
    • Download an invitation letter - CLICK HERE 
    • Meeting information coming soon.
  • May 13, 2020 - CANCELLED
    • Dinner meeting, location:  Maggiano's downtown
    • Guest speaker - Aryeh Fischer, MD
    • Download an invitation letter - CLICK HERE 

Exhibitor registration -- Use the online form to reserve your spot and to pay your registration fee online, or download and print the paper (PDF) form. 

Need a W-9 (federal tax id) form?  CLICK HERE  

Company Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Exhibit Table – $1,500. Please note that there are limitations at some of the meeting locations. Exhibit space will be a 6-foot table-top display in "prime" locations. The exhibit area is in a separate space from where the CME lectures are given, but we will ensure ample opportunity for exhibitors and doctors attending to interact during the pre-lecture reception time.  In addition, all participating companies will be provided a list of the physicians in attendance.  

Other Information

  • Shipping information 
    Instructions for shipping will vary depending on the venue for a particular conference.  We are providing information for typical venues which may be selected by us, but PLEASE NOTE the actual venue for each meeting.

    Generally speaking, most restaurants WILL NOT be able to accept shipments from exhibitors in advance.  We strongly recommend that company representatives bring their display materials to the meeting with them.  Please DO NOT have the company "home office" ship displays to the restaurant.
    • Stephens Convention Center 
    • Gleacher Center (downtown Chicago) 
      • 450 Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611
      • Mark package for the Chicago Rheumatism Society Meeting and the date
    • Whenever shipping materials to a meeting site, we strongly recommend that you provide your local company representative with the tracking information.  This is necessary to verify delivery!
    • Outbound shipments (after the meeting) must be labeled and pre-paid.
    • Please note:  Meetings held at restaurants generally do not have facilities for receiving shipments.  Your company representatives should plan to bring the display materials with them to the meeting.
  • Typical Dinner schedule
    • Set-up for your tabletop display will be available by 5:00 p.m.
    • Reception/Exhibit time begins at 6:00 p.m.
    • Dinner/lecture starts at 6:45 p.m
  • .Half-Day Session schedule
    • Continental breakfast in the exhibit hall at 7:30 a.m.
    • Lectures will start at 8:30 a.m.
    • 30-minute mid-morning break
    • Conference ends around noontime.