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Get the word out about your upcoming conference or promotion in a BIG way with high-impact, custom banners. AlphaGraphics partners with businesses to provide dynamic promotional solutions that make a statement.

Perfect for special events, street-level advertising, and more, banners bring the focus to your business. AlphaGraphics can help you create a customized design and message that will build brand awareness, incite action, and get people talking about your business.


  • A virtually unlimited selection of sizes and designs 
  • Full-service production, from concept development to completion
  • Superior prints on state-of-the-art digital equipment

There’s no time like the present to reinvent your company’s image and educate viewers about your latest offerings.  Full-color custom banners provide a cost-effective medium for promoting grand openings, fundraisers, anniversary celebrations, trade shows, and more.


Have you considered including PURLs, QR codes, or SMS short codes in your custom banners? With our large format printing and multi-channel marketing solutions, you can create integrated campaigns to significantly increase your company’s ROI. Our marketing experts can help you expand your audience and cultivate lasting customer relationships.


  • Mesh banners
  • Vinyl banners
  • Indoor banners
  • Outdoor banners
  • Standup banners
  • Cable display systems


You want your banner to be visually striking and easy to read. Below are some tips to help you maximize the impact of your signage.

  • To ensure your message is legible from a distance, add 1” of text height for every 10’ of viewable distance
  • So if your “Grand Opening” sign needs to be read by passersby on a road 60’ away, select letters that are at least 6” tall
  • Consider shortening your message and increasing text size if drivers are traveling at a high rate of speed
  • When selecting colors for your banner text and background, you can increase readability by choosing a high-contrast combination; like black text on color, or color text on white


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  • Black and white or full-color printing on advanced digital equipment
  • Assorted printing sizes
  • Choose from waterproof, fade-resistant vinyl, or durable, heavy-duty cloth
  • Banners customized for indoor or outdoor use
  • Concept-to-completion design and printing services


  • Adhesive hangers
  • Metal grommets
  • Velcro
  • Popup and retractable vertical stands

Ask us how we can incorporate cross-media strategies into your banners and other printed materials to make your marketing investment stretch even further. Contact AlphaGraphics today to request an estimate for your custom banner today!


If you are looking to take your Chicago business to the next level, banner advertising is a great way to get noticed, promote your product or service, and grow your clientele. Banners are great print materials because they can be used indoors & outdoors. They can vary in size, can be installed in a variety of ways, and offer a great amount of space for eye catching designs! At Alphagraphics Chicago North, we can help you with your banner design & printing, from start finish. Whether you have existing artwork, or are looking to design from scratch, we help every step of the way!


Design can have a major impact on the overall result of your banner. It is important to determine the size and location of your banner(s) in order to generate the appropriate design elements. From color choice, to graphics and fonts, every design decision you make will contribute to the success of your banner. It is also important to remember that your banner will likely have particular finishing’s which include hemming & grommets. Tape hemming and stitch hemming are the most common forms. This refers to the extra material around the perimeter of the banner, which is folded over as reinforcement. Grommets can then be inserted into the hems for the purpose of hanging. This makes for a very durable banner. If you are looking for the highest level of durability, stitch hemming is the preferred method. When you consider your banner design, you must take into account the area that will be hemmed, so as not to cut off any of your artwork. 


Here at Alphagraphics Chicago North, our production team will take the time to review your artwork upon print-impositioning, to make sure enough space is accounted for in order to hem & grommet. When it comes to banner printing, it is very important to us to ensure that none of your art is compromised upon final production. We encourage our clients to reach out to us directly with any questions in regards to setting up their banner design for print. In addition to considering the design elements of your banner, it is also helpful to understand that there are a variety of materials in which banners can be printed, and that is what we are here for! 


As Chicago’s go to for all things print, we can help you navigate the methods & materials to ensure that your banner(s) will hold up indoors, or in the ever so inclement Chicago weather! Standard vinyl is the most common material used for banner printing. It is waterproof and holds up well against the elements. It can be ordered in matte or gloss, and you also have the option to laminate. Lamination can be beneficial if your banner will be subject to direct sunlight. Lamination helps protect the colors of the banner, preventing them from fading over a short period of time.  Other material options for banner printing include mesh & fabric. Mesh banners are another great alternative for outdoor installation. Fabric banners would be intended for indoor display. If you are looking to get noticed, consider banner design & printing with Alphagraphics Chicago North. We can help you achieve a knockout banner that will help get you get noticed & get business! 


Whether you are printing a banner for your event, a restaurant, or to add decor to your storefront, AlphaGraphics Chicago North is the banner printing solution you are looking for at a cost-to-quality ratio that is unrivaled in the Chicago area. Banners have a specific advantage over other forms of printing and marketing techniques in its versatility and sheer bang-for-buck effectiveness. Compared to passing out fliers or direct mailers, banners and signage can harness the marketing advantage of the location and foot traffic your company already possesses. By utilizing effective and well placed banners, customers are more likely to become interested and seek further information about your company.


A huge aspect of using banners in your marketing is that it can influence customers to set foot in your store. They provide an appealing window into the work that you are doing, and, if done well, sparking their curiosity enough to come inside and allow you to tell them what your business is all about. Some of the businesses we design and print banners for are companies that are situated in a great location, but are finding many of the people that are walking or driving by aren't actually coming inside. What they realized was that they needed a cheap but effective way to communicate strongly what is inside their doors and why its worth coming inside. A banner is the perfect solution.


At AlphaGraphics Chicago North we will work with you to provide a banner that meets your specific needs. With practically limitless customization we will give you options that fit not only your desires but also your budget, and we can do it quickly so that you don't have to wait around or miss opportunities to grow. 


Call or email our team today to get an estimate on your next BIG project!


Banners can be a nifty little tool when it comes to advertising your business effectively. Often times, word of mouth simply isn’t enough, and though a small business in Chicago has many opportunities to market themselves, printing a banner gives your potential customers a visually compelling way to connect with or be introduced to your business that they couldn’t get elsewhere. It helps you gain customers! Got it? Good. Now that you’ve decided to add a snazzy new banner to your marketing arsenal, let’s go over a few important things to keep in mind.


1. Good Design

This seems like it would be simple enough to follow, but often times this is the first to go. It’s best to consider using a professional graphic designer, but whether you send it out or do it yourself, you should be sure to focus on having quality design. Before you even start, do a creative brief with your designer detailing the strategy, focus, goals, and any other relevant information. Once you have that out of the way, make sure the final design fits those goals to a “T”. It’s not just about looking pretty, it has to work for its function. After all, that’s why you are doing this in the first place, right?


2. Context

Think about where you would like your banner to be placed. Is it going to be on a cluttered street? In your storefront? A street festival in Chicago? Knowing these details helps you focus on what’s important. If your banner will be up at a festival on a potentially rainy day you definitely wouldn’t want to use small text printed on a paper banner. Figuring these details out can save you a headache and increase your banner’s effectiveness.


3. Material

The material your banner is printed on doesn’t only affect the look, but also its practical use. Vinyl banners are standard and different grades of vinyl can affect the durability and application. For short-term use consider using a paper or canvas banner. We carry other materials for a range of different applications for your banner. Make sure that you choose the banner material carefully.

We hope these tips have been helpful. At AlphaGraphics Chicago North we are positioned to offer you quality banner printing in Chicago that meets your needs and helps your business grow.  Contact us  to get started today!


A Variety of Big Printing to Suit Your Needs

Of all of the printed marketing collateral that a business can purchase, effective banner printing is one of the most crucial. Specifically in Chicago, banners provide a powerful means of making your products and services known to established and potential customers alike. The key in using a banner effectively is utilizing space that you or your business already possess to alert customers whether that be a call-to-action, letting them know about a new promotion, or simply making relevant information about your company accessible to your consumers. People respond to visuals, and banner printing is a highly effective and economical way to appeal to your consumers.

There are many possibilities with banners that you and your business can pursue. Here we will discuss a few options that you have for printing banners in Chicago with Alphagraphics. Of course, the most important part of using a banner is the content.


Effective design makes an effective banner, or any type of signage for that matter. It really doesn't matter what type of material you print a banner on if your content poorly represents your company or doesn't create a strong enough call to action to matter. For instance, it's important to take create a visual that entices people to find out more rather than overwhelm the customer with information. Take some time before you start a banner and develop a goal and a strategy to achieve that goal. That way, when you start working with a graphic designer, whether that is our team of designers or your own, you have clear direction. It's also important to know what your application is for your banner. For instance, if you know that you would like to use a particular banner outside for over a year, you should print one that is durable and can withstand the elements. Conversely, if you need it only for a short time indoors, you can go with a less durable and cheaper alternative.


We carry a variety of different materials and use a variety of different types of inks so that we can more effectively suit your needs for the banners you are printing. These are just a few things to consider when printing a banners for your chicago business. With compelling visuals, clear direction, and the right materials to suit your purpose, you are on your way to effectively establishing that visual connection with your consumers that you need to really grow your business. Contact us to get started today!


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