St. Louis Union Station

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At its height, the St. Louis Union Station was one of the world’s largest and busiest railroad station.  Today, it offers an exclusive and authentic experience for meeting attendees that can’t found anywhere else. There are numerous family attractions on-site including the  St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, the 200-foot St. Louis Wheel, a carousel, an 18-hole mini-golf course, the mirror maze, a ropes course, the train park, and several restaurants to go along with the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.

Travel

How to get there

St. Louis Union Station is located in downtown St. Louis right off of Market Street. For directions click below.

Parking Information/Convention Rates: There are two available self-parking lots, one at 20th Street and one at 18th Street. Valet parking at St. Louis Union Station is available at the Main Grand Hall entrance, on East-bound Market Street.

  • MCDC Parking Rates: $14 self-parking event only
  • MCDC Overnight Parking Rates: $20 self-parking

Directions to Union Station

Hotel

Stay at Union Station

Within sweeping archways, fresco and gold leaf detailing, mosaics and glass windows, you’ll find the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. The AAA Four Diamond Hotel provides a truly elegant experience in the heart of a bustling metropolitan area. Transport yourself to a time when travel was an art and the fine details were important.

Every guest room boasts timeless décor, a work area, a flat screen TV and spacious bathroom. Opt for a suite with a courtyard view, concierge lounge access and added amenities. Several of the hotel suites offer exclusive access on the historical side of the building and are individually railroad themed.

After a busy day, unwind with one of the many hotel amenities. Workout in the fitness center, swim some laps in the outdoor seasonal pool and revel in The Grand Hall Experience 3D Light Show.

Booking your reservations at the convention hotel benefits all Mid-Continent participants and provides a low convention rate. 2021 convention room block coming soon

Convention Block: Guest Room Rate $165 plus taxes

Attractions

Have fun

Fill your getaway to the gills with a destination that delivers a variety of activities and adventures all in one place listed below. You may also visit unionstation.com to explore or for further information.

  • St. Louis Aquarium
    Go beneath the surface for an unforgettable underwater adventure in the middle of downtown. Discover the creatures that call our rivers home and journey beyond the shallows to shark infested waters.
  • The St. Louis Wheel
    See the St. Louis skyline from the best seat in the city – a fully enclosed, climate-controlled gondola that lifts guests 200 feet above the street. You can enjoy the sights 365 days a year.
  • A-MAZE-ING Discoveries Mirror Maze
    Prepare to get lost in a labyrinth of mirrors that challenge your sense of direction and your 1904 World’s Fair knowledge. Discover what magic waits inside as you navigate this nod to an iconic fun house.
  • Ropes Course
    Soar three stories over the main floor on this wildly unconventional indoor agility course. Its 30+ obstacles mean hours of fun for everyone – even the littlest adventurers can reach new heights on the Sky Tykes course.
  • Mini Golf
    Bring your A-game to our greens. From first-time putters to reigning champions, this interactive 18-hole course is the perfect destination for carefree fun and friendly competition.
  • Carousel
    Make time for a little nostalgia between your Freak Shake and shark canyon adventure. Go for a spin – or two – on a classic amusement ride that caters to both the young and the young at heart.
  • Fire & Light Show
    This complementary year-round showcase of pyrotechnics and dancing lights is too spectacular to watch just once. Behold as bursts of fire are shot 25 feet in the air against a backdrop of a 100 foot long waterfall that cascades 40 feet down into the lake.
  • The Grand Hall Light Show
    Sit back, relax and enjoy the way fireworks, deep-sea dwellers and other vibrant animations shoot across the 65-foot ceiling of the historic Grand Hall. More than 30 video vignettes captivate visitors each hour courtesy of a one-of-a-kind 3D presentation.
Food

Where to eat

You will not need to leave St Louis Union Station for lunch. A complete list of on-site restaurants below. You may also visit stlouisunionstation.com/taste for further information.

  • St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain
    Step inside the home of the famous Freak Shakes to get a feast for your eyes and your stomach. From classic diner burgers to fountain drinks with a twist, this place is a dream come true.
  • The Train Shed
    Experience fun and flavor that delights all ages and appetites. A menu with everything from apps and entrées to cocktails and rotating taps makes this the place to gather after a full day of exploration.
  • 1894 Café
    The search for casual, family-friendly fare stops here. Pop in for a light lunch or afternoon snack, and choose from a selection of sandwiches and salads made to sustain hours of fun.
  • Landry’s Seafood House
    This Gulf Coast legend is a seafood lover’s ideal dinner destination with specialties like Blackened Snapper and Lemon-Pepper Catfish. Dine on the boardwalk for a front row view of the Fire and Light show.
  • Station Grille
    While this historic eatery used to cater to travelers, now patrons can enjoy the panache of a prior time as well as some of the finest food in the city – no train ticket required.
  • The Grand Hall
    Dramatic 65-foot archways and stunning mosaics make this celebrated St. Louis landmark the perfect setting for a vibrant evening of dinner, drinks and catching a 3-D light presentation.

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2020 Mid-Continent Dental Congress Cancelled

The Greater St. Louis Dental Society (GSLDS) Board of Directors, in consultation with the Society’s Council on Scientific Sessions, has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Mid-Continent Dental Congress (MCDC) scheduled for October 22-23. Due to the ongoing and pervasive health crisis arising from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the associated government orders and public health guidelines, it is impossible for the 2020 MCDC to go forward as planned.

Our hearts are heavy; significant work has gone into planning a fabulous meeting for our inaugural year at our exciting new venue, St. Louis Union Station. Since the first meeting in 1939, MCDC has only missed two other years, 1942 and 1943, and that was due to WWII. Yet the health, safety, and well-being of our members, attendees, staff, and exhibitors are our top priorities, making the decision to cancel unavoidable.

At this time, the Board has determined that a virtual conference is not a viable option for us. We are however exploring smaller CE events that would allow us to adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing, as well as individual webinars. We will provide updates as they are available.

We know that MCDC is a valued and beloved event for both our members and exhibitors. We thank you for your support and understanding as we move forward together in this unique and uncertain time. We look forward to being together again next year. Please mark your calendar now for the 2021 Mid-Continent Dental Congress: October 28-29.

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