Chicago Area Stores Selling Hands-On Materials
For Illinois State Physics Project
Prepared by Tom Sills, Wright College

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PLANETARIUM SHOP
The Adler Planetarium, 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60605 [312] 922-7827.
This Store within the Adler Planetarium carries a good selection of books and educational materials on astronomy, astrophysics, and space sciences.

AMERICAN SCIENCE [& SURPLUS] CENTER
5696 Northwest Highway, Chicago IL 60646 [773] 763-9313. Mail order warehouse: American Science & Surplus, 3605 Howard Street, Skokie IL 60076 [847] 982-0870.
This retail store is an extensive resource of inexpensive surplus science equipment. This store is a favorite of science students, science teachers, and do-it-yourself inventors. From electric wires and motors to test tubes and telescopes, this store seems to have it all. Visit this store and let your creative energy go wild. Ask for a mail order catalog.

ARVEY PAPER & OFFICE SUPPLIES
See your Chicago business to business yellow pages under "office supplies" for closest location. 3555 N. Kimball Ave, Chicago IL 60618 [773] 463-0822. Discount Office Supplies.
This retail store offers an extensive selection of paper and office supplies for that science experiment or classroom need. Every good scientist knows the value of carefully keeping a log book record of experiments.

BAREBONES
K106, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg IL 60173 [847] 413-2663.
Although this store concentrates on fun materials about the human body and its anatomy, you will find fun oddities from geology and optical illusions. This store is fun.

CHESTER ELECTRONICS SUPPLY CO
7709 Sheridan, Kenosha WI 53143 [847] 623-5000.
Since 1961 this retail store has maintained a large supply of electronic component parts.

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN - THE GARDEN SHOP
Chicago Botanic Garden, PO Box 400, 100 Lake-Cook Road [at Edens Expressway], Glencoe IL 60022 [847] 835-8205.
This retail shop carries botanical items, items related to wildlife, as well as geological rock specimens.

CHICAGO KITE COMPANY
5445 N. Harlem Chicago IL 60656  [773] 467-1428
This retail store specializes in kites. It also has boomerangs and other science toys.

CLASSMATE LTD.
3925 W 103rd St, Chicago IL 60655 [773] 239-8053.
School supplies including science materials. Age: preschool and elementary school.

CONSTRUCTIVE PLAYTHINGS
5314 Lincoln Ave, Skokie IL 60076 [847] 675-5900.
This parent/teacher retail store is filled with educational fun for the preschool and primary age school child.

CUT RATE TOYS
5409 W Devon Ave, Chicago IL 60646 [773] 763-5740.
For over 40 years this retail store has sold major name toys at discount prices, as well as surplus and discontinued items of all price ranges. Science principles and concepts hide in many of these fun toys. A large metal "slinky" costs $1.59.

DEVON TOYS
2424 W Devon Ave, Chicago IL 50659 [773] 973-0194.
Former location of Cut Rate Toys. This retail store sells major name toys at discount prices as well as surplus and discontinued items of all price ranges. Science principles and concepts hide in many of these fun toys.

DIDAX INC EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
395 Main St, Rowley MA 01969 [800] 458-0024.
Ask for 143 page catalog of hands-on materials in elementary school mathematics and science.

DOOLIN AMUSEMENT SUPPLY COMPANY
511 N Halsted, Chicago IL 60622 [312] 243-9424.
Party supplies. A retail source of balloons and novelties for science experiments.

EDUCATIONAL TEACHING AIDS
620 Lakeview Station, Vernon Hills IL 60061 [800] 445-5985.
Age: preschool and elementary school. School supplies including science materials

GRAYS DISTRIBUTING
4419 Ravenswood Ave, Chicago IL 60640 [773] 769-3737.
Age: preschool and elementary school. School supplies including science materials

HARRISON SUPPLY
345 N Wolf Road [3 blocks N of Dundee Rd] Wheeling IL [847] 537-0255.
This retail store sells raw materials by the pound, including brass, aluminum, and plastic. This fun place for the inventor or science teacher also sells motors and much more.

J.C.'S KITES
197 Peterson Rd, Libertyville IL 60048 [847] 816-9990.
This retail store specializes in kites. It also has boomerangs and other science toys.

KAY BEE TOYS
See the Yellow Pages of your telephone directory to locate one of twenty stores in the Chicago area.
This toy retailer carries toys that use science principles as well as basic science toys.

KITE HARBOR
5445 N. Harlem Chicago IL 60656  [773] 467-1428
This retail store specializes in kites. It also has science toys like balloon helicopters, boomerangs, the swinging wonder, and model planes.

KOHL LEARNING STORE
165 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette IL [847] 251-7168.
This retail story within the Kohl Children's Museum is open to the public and sells many quality educational science toys for the preschool and elementary school child.

KRASNY AND COMPANY INC
2829 N Clybourn, Chicago IL 60619 [773] 477-5504.
Restaurant and party supplies. Retail source of clear straws and balloons for science experiments.

LEON M. LEDERMAN SCIENCE CENTER - INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Fermi National Accelerator, PO Box 500, MS 777, Batavia IL 60510 [630] 840-8258.
A variety of educational materials are available for purchase at this center. Cost varies. Contact the center for an order form.

LIGHT WAVE
North Pier, 435 E Illinois St, Chicago IL 60611 [312] 321-1123.
This retail store specializes in holographic art. Holograms are three- dimensional photographs where laser light produces interference patterns on film, where science and art mix to make fun. This store is like a museum with no admission fee.

LIZZARDO MUSEUM OF LAPIDARY ART
220 Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst IL 60126 [630] 833-1616
This excellent museum exhibits art forms made from materials. It is an example of how art and the science of geology combine to reveal nature's beauty. The shop at the Museum sells many fine examples of minerals, meteorites, petrified wood, and lapidary art.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY BOOKSTORE & SHOP
Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60637 [773] 684-1414 ext 2780.
This retail store has its largest store at the main entrance within the Museum of Science and Industry. this store exclusively sells science books, toys, and novelties.

NATURAL WONDERS
See your telephone yellow pages for nearest store.
Retail stores of science toys and materials.

THE NATURE COMPANY
Watertower Place, 845 N Michigan Ave, Chicago IL [312] 751-0330 [also Northbrook Court, Oakbrook Shopping Center, Wheaton Town Square]. Age: Elementary School to Adult.
Clothing for hiking, bird feeders and houses, binoculars, electronic pedometer, knives, compasses, Raise and Release Butterfly Kits, tents, kites, Fossil Fish Kit, toy periscope and binoculars.

THE ST. JAMES'S HOUSE
4742 Peterson Avenue, Chicago IL 60646 [773] 545-0011.
This Antique Shop specializes in clocks, scientific instruments, and maps & books related to the history of science and technology. Sales, repair, restoration, appraisals.

STANTON HOBBY SHOP INC
4718 N Milwaukee Avenue [near Lawrence Ave] Chicago IL 60630 [773] 283-6446.
This very large hobby store has everything for the young scientist: Estes rockets, dinosaur models, chemistry lab kits, and human anatomy models.

STOREHOUSE OF KNOWLEDGE
2822 N. Sheffield, Chicago IL 60657 [773] 929-3932.
Age: Preschool and Elementary School. This retail store for school supplies has an extensive source of books and materials on science for the preschool and elementary school age child. As a parent/teacher store, it has many science gift ideas.

TOY STATION
270 Market Square, Lake Forest IL 60045 [847] 234-0180
Recommended by a science teacher for science teachers, this store sells many different science kits. Educational Insights Science Kits, microscopes, telescopes, and astronomy materials.

TOYS R US
See the Yellow Pages of your telephone directory.
This major toy retailer often carries toys that use science principles.

UNCLE FUN
1338 W Belmont, Chicago IL 60657 [773] 477-8223.
A unique toy store with hard-to-find inexpensive toys. They have "hand boilers" that illustrate the drinking duck, and many other toys demonstrating science concepts and processes. The name of this store says it all.



Last update Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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