Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What are Inflatables?
  2. Dancing Inflatable (Air Dancers, Sky Dancers) yard and lawn signs for home use?
  3. Why advertise with Inflatables?
  4. What does Big Sign Promotions do?
  5. What types of businesses typically use inflatables?
  6. Will I need a permit for a balloon or Searchlight?
  7. Should I rent or buy?
  8. How do I plan for an grand opening, open house or promotional event?
  9. Where can the Inflatables be displayed?
  10. How large are the Inflatables?
  11. Which geographical areas does Big Sign Promotions cover?

What are Inflatables?

Inflatables - sometimes spelled Inflatables  - is the trade or industry name typically given to large Advertising Balloons and other items used to draw attention to a location or event. The items are inflated or powered by a cold air fan(s) and are often in the shape of giant hot air balloons, characters like gorillas and dinosaurs, objects such as giant cell phones, etc.  Air Dancers - the air powered nylon character shaped creations that dance whip around - are also sometimes classified as inflatables.

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Air Dancers for home use?


Are you considering a stork sign for the yard to announce the birth of your new baby? or a Happy Birthday announcement? Are you considering pink flamingos to get a special message about someone out to the neighborhood? How about a Dancing Character Inflatable (sometimes called Air Dancers or Sky Dancers) instead? Imagine the effect of a 20 ft "Proud Parent" waving his arms to the world to announce the name and birth weight of the new addition to the family. OR - a 20 ft tall birthday boy  announcing his milestone age to the neighborhood.


Dancing "Party Dudes" are a perfect way to mark the location of your party, picnic, or event.


WE RENT AND SHIP DANCING INFLATABLES (Air Dancers, Sky Dancers NATIONWIDE in easy to manage, postage paid boxes. The Dancing Inflatables arrive completely setup and ready to plug in. Standard "Happy Birthday", "New Arrival", or "Party Here" signs included. Other custom signs available. 



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Why advertise with Inflatables ?

You need to promote a special event, grand opening, sale, etc. Think about the advertising alternatives:

  • Radio. How many radio commercials do you hear while driving. How many radio commercials do you actually LISTEN TO while driving. Driving is an activity that requires intense visual sensitivity and concentration - vision becomes the primary sense and hearing takes on the secondary role. When drivers are concentrating on rush hour traffic, radio ads can become lost in the chatter. That is why radio ads are repeated over and over again for weeks at a time.

Also, unless you hear the radio ad just as you are passing by the place of business, it becomes very difficult to connect the event with the location.  Inflatables are visually striking. It is impossible NOT to notice see a 30ft. Balloon or Gorilla announcing your event. With the Balloon, potential customers see the advertisement at the location of the business or event. A visual connection is made and is much more likely to be remembered.

  • Newspapers. Newspapers are a good advertising media because of the massive distribution, However, newspapers suffer some of the same problems that radio ads suffer. The mind becomes "trained" to ignore advertisements, there is no connection between the event and the location, and it is easy to forget once the paper is set down.
  • Billboards. When advertising on a billboard, you are at the mercy of the few locations where billboards are placed. An Advertising Inflatable or Searchlight IS a giant billboard, ON LOCATION.
  • Television. If you have the budget to advertise on the major networks, during the time slots when your key audience is watching - do it. Give us a call anyways - you have plenty of budget to throw in a couple balloons and searchlights.
  • Direct Mail. Direct mail can offer a better return than newspaper advertising because it is much more targeted. The trick is in getting the mailers to the demographic groups that are most likely to produce customers. Direct mail can become costly for widespread distribution.

For retail applications, most business results from people that live or work nearby and regularly pass by your location. Inflatables can be the most effective way to get your message out and get your business noticed by the exact group of potential customers that will account for the majority of your business - without having to guess on the demographics. 

  • Permanent storefront signage. Most storefront signs are just not big enough or different enough to draw attention.

Inflatable Advertising Balloons are the most effective  way to visually promote  your business or event - on your location  - to the target group  of potential customers who will produce most of your revenue. Now consider the costs associated with the abovementioned methods of advertising. Inflatable Advertising Ballons can also be the most cost effective.

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What does Big Sign Promotions do?

Big Sign Promotions - also known as One Big Sign - is a Northern Illinois (Chicago) based event promotions, advertising, and event planning company that specializes in retail promotions of open houses, grand openings, sales, parties, etc. We will supply you with the search lights, inflatables (air dancers, sky dancers, giant cold air inflatable balloons ), tent rental, concession equipment, and everything else you need for your promotion or event. Big Sign doesn't just rent the equipment - we can provide an entire turnkey solution solution. Everything from helping with advertising and promotion ideas, to getting appropriate permits, to setup and delivery, to providing people to help staff the event.

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What types of businesses typically use inflatables?

Inflatables are most commonly used by retail outlets, car dealerships, restaurants, community festivals and special events. Inflatables are a perfect way to advertise and draw customer attention to grand openings, sales, special events, open houses, festivals, etc.

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Will I need a permit for a balloon or Searchlight?

Depending on local codes and the municipality in which your business resides, you may need a permit. In most cases, Big Sign will take care of applying for and obtaining the permit, saving you the hassle and time required to do so.

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Should I rent or Buy?

The question to rent or buy largely comes down to cost and how much you plan to use the item. Many customers prefer to purchase a custom banner with their company name, logo, and message and rent the Advertising Balloon to display it on. The banner can be re-used in a store window, as a temporary sign, or any number of applications.

Big Sign promotions sells and rents Inflatable Advertising Balloons, signs, and searchlights. We can help you determine whether renting or buying is right for you.

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How do I plan for an grand opening, open house or promotional event?

Many organizations simply want an inflatable or Searchlight to increase visibility and traffic to their location. Other organizations plan an actual event like an Open house or Grand Opening. The following is a checklist of some of the things you will need to consider to plan a promotional event.

  • What type of event is it? Open House, Grand Opening, Sale, etc.
  • How long will the event run?
  • Will the event be held primarily indoors or outdoors?
  • Will the event primarily take place during daylight hours? night? both?
  • Will you want to serve soft drinks? snacks? catering?
  • Will you have any types of entertainment? games for the kids?
  • How much room is available for the event?
  • Do you have a firm budget?
  • Is power available?
  • Are you aware of any local restrictions on the use of inflatables.

    Depending on the answers to the above questions you may want to consider:

  • Type of primary advertising device. Inflatable Balloon? Inflatable Character? Searchlight? Air Dancer?
  • The appropriate size of the inflatable?
  • The location of the inflatable. Ground? Roof?
  • A tent(s).
  • Chairs and Tables.
  • Catering or Concessions.
  • Costumed Characters.
  • Children's moon jumps.
  • A generator if power is not readily available.
  • Permits
  • Banners.
  • Temporary signage.
  • Direct mail / brochures / advertising pieces.

Big Sign Promotions will manage the entire process from planning to execution.

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Where can the Inflatables be displayed?

This really depends on the type of inflatable. Air Dancers (also called Sky Dancers) are one of the most flexible types of inflatable. They can typically be displayed on grassy or hard surfaces outside, on rooftops, and even inside where height permits. Air Dancers can easily be moved around and brought in for the evening.

Inflatable Advertising Balloons (including hot air balloon styles and character styles) can be displayed on grassy and hard surfaces and in most cases on roof tops.

Searchlights can be used on most grassy and hard surfaces. Certain searchlights, such as the one and four beam models that run off standard current, can be mounted on rooftops as well. 

With the exception of the Blimps, Inflatables and Searchlights need accessible electrical power (standard current). We can supply power generators where power is not available.

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How large are the Inflatables?

Inflatables some in a range of sizes from as small as 20ft tall for a rooftop hot air balloon model to over 30 ft tall.

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Which geographical areas does Big Sign Promotions cover?

For Advertising Balloon, Searchlight, Tent rentals, Big Sign Promotions covers most of Northern and Central Illinois and the Chicago land area including the following towns and communities:

Addison, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington, Bartlett, Batavia, Bensenville, Bolingbrook, Carol Stream, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Franklin Park, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Itasca, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Maywood, Medinah, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace,  Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Romeoville, Roselle, Schaumburg, South Barrington, Villa Park, Warrenville, Westchester, Western Springs, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winfield, Wood Dale, Woodridge, and most other Northern and Central Illinois locations.


We rent and ship Dancing Inflatables (Sky Dancers, Air Dancers, Wacky Waiving Inflatable Tube Man) nationwide, including the following:

Montgomery, Alabama, Phoenix, Arizona, Little Rock, Arkansas, San Francisco, California, Denver, Colorado, Dover, Delaware, Orlando, Florida, Boise, Idaho, Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, California, Hartford, Connecticut, Indianapolis, Indiana, Des Moines, Iowa, Topeka, Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Atlanta, Georgia, New Orleans, Louisiana, Augusta, Maine, Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, Detroit, Michigan, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jackson, Mississippi, St. Louis, Missouri, Helena, Montana, Lincoln, Nebraska, Las Vegas, Nevada, Manchester, New Hampshire, Newark, New Jersey, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Albany, New York, Raleigh, North Carolina, Bismarck, North Dakota, Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Portland, Oregon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Providence, Rhode Island, Columbia, South Carolina, Pierre, South Dakota, Nashville, Tennessee, Austin, Texas, Dallas, Texas, Salt Lake City, Utah, Montpelier, Vermont, Richmond, Virginia, Seattle, Washington, Washington D.C., Charleston, West Virginia, Madison, Wisconsin, Cheyenne, Wyoming


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Illinois has a big sky  Rental of Advertising Balloons, Air Dancers and other inflatables are great way to use some of it to promote your open house or event



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We rent all products  within the following communities in Illinois: Addison, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Barrington, Bartlett, Batavia, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Bolingbrook, Carol Stream, Chicago, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Franklin Park, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Glendale Heights, Glenview, Hanover Park, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Itasca, Lemont, Lisle, Lombard, Maywood, Medinah, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, River Forest, Romeoville, Roselle, Schaumburg, Skokie, South Barrington, Villa Park, Warrenville, Westchester, Western Springs, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winnetka, Winfield, Wood Dale, Woodridge, Illinois.  We do service additional areas on a case by case basis.


We service the following States on a case by case basis for Advertising Balloons and Searchlights: Wisconsin,  Indiana.


We rent Dancing Inflatables, banners, and flags anywhere in the continental United States.


Services we provide: Grand Openings, Special Sales, Open Houses, New Store Openings, Attention getting items, Birthdays, Special Events, Company Picnics, Graduations, Anniversaries, over the hill, look who's 30, look who's 40, look who's 50, its a girl, its a boy,


Equipment we provide: rent, rental, sale,Advertising Balloon, Big Balloon, Giant Balloon, Giant Gorilla, King Kong, Dino, Searchlight, Search Light, Red Carpet, Ropes, Stancions, Stantions, Dancing Inflatables (Air Dancer, Sky Dancer, Fly Guy, Tube Guy, Fly Tube) , lawn sign, yard sign, Banner Flags, Flex Blade Banner Flags, Teardrop Banner Flags, Helium Balloons, Helium Blimps, Large Format Banners, Stork, temporary