On the International Space Station, brave astro-pioneers pass the time by making crafts—namely, dreamcatchers to catch the dreams of any nearby aliens dreaming of attacking Earth. Help your own hobbies along with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of hobby goods, educational toys, and more at American Science & Surplus on Roosevelt Road in West Chicago.
Founded in or around 1937, American Science & Surplus exists today in the form of a science-oriented hobby store. It’s stocked with often quaint, sometimes unexpected, and plenty useful doodads, geegaws, parts, and tools for tinkerers, hobbyists, science buffs, and lovers of the curious and strange. Pick up borosilicate lab glassware (starting at $2.95) in which to make sand or grab a kit (starting at $11.95) for experimenting with green science. For lackluster homesteads, there’s house and garden trappings such as chopping mats ($1.95 each), LED booklights (starting at $3.75), glass-flower wall sconces ($8.95), and a semi-autonomous bug bot ant ($11.95), a leggy little robot who will create his own electronic hill outside your abode. Dig through large spools of chain, dishes full of severed doll appendages, wide swathes of tiny toys in plastic wrap, military surplus, and infinitely more. The profusion of neatly categorized stuff and riot of color that is the AS&S shop is stimulus for at least five of the seven human senses––hobby-happy and crafty craftsfolk will salivate upon first glance.
Gapers Block featured American Science & Surplus and more than 90 Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars. Seven Citysearchers give the store a four-star average and awarded it a 2006 Best of Citysearch in the toys category.
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.
33W361 Roosevelt Rd.
West Chicago, Illinois 60185Get Directions