Daedalus was the ultimate hobbyist, due to his talent for crafting wings of wax, inflatable labyrinths, and full-body cushions for his accident-prone son. Get an equally useful hobby with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of hobby goods, educational toys, and more at American Science & Surplus on North Milwaukee Avenue.
Founded in or around 1937, American Science & Surplus exists today in the form of a science-oriented hobby store stocked with a wide variety of goods for tinkerers, hobbyists, science buffs, and lovers of the curious and strange. Whether you need borosilicate lab glassware (starting at $2.95) for exploring the coal-tar derivatives or kits for experimenting with green science ($12.50), AS&S has the necessary goods. Truss up lackluster sections of your homestead with house and garden trappings, such as chopping mats ($1.95 each), LED booklights ($4.95), and glass-flower wall sconces ($8.95), or ditch the house altogether and take up eco-efficient residence in a giant, red heavy-duty gift sack ($1.95 each).
The AS&S shop itself is a riot of color, offering a profusion of neatly categorized stuff for five of the seven human senses to absorb. High ceilings and industrial shelving evoke the specter of hardware shops, but the goods on display are far-flung from average standards of normalized median regularity. Explore large spools of chain, dishes full of severed doll appendages, wide swathes of tiny toys in plastic wrap, military surplus, and infinitely more. Hobby-happy and crafty craftsfolk will begin to salivate upon first entering, and even the skeptical will likely find something novel and useful amongst the stacks.
Gapers Block featured American Science & Surplus, and Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars. Seven Citysearchers give the store an average of four stars and awarded it a Best of Citysearch in the toys category in 2006:
American Science & Surplus
Established around 1937, American Science & Surplus, a science-related hobby store, equips curious customers with gadgets that fulfill educational pursuits. For customers working on science experiments, the shop carries lab supplies and equipment such as burner stands, microscopes, and petri dishes. Tinkerers can pick up spare parts for their projects, such as power adapters or wheels to help with building model cars or turning TV remote controls into cat toys. The shop's inventory also includes robot parts, school and art supplies, and home accessories such as flexible chopping mats, cheeseburger-shaped kitchen timers, and desk toys.
5316 N Milwaukee Ave.
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