On the last Friday of every month from May to October, Research Park professionals and interns gather to celebrate the end of the month with food and festivities around a bonfire at Ameren Pond. Family and friends are welcome to join in this fun-filled themed event. For more details on upcoming Fire at Five bonfires and happy hours, visit our calendar here.

Fire at Five 2020


May 2020: Family Game Night

Join us for a fun night of family-friendly games at the first Fire at Five          for 2020! Test your Research Park knowledge and your artist skills.      Winners of each game receive a prize.

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June 2020: Ice Cream Social

What better way to beat the summer heat than with ice cream? Join us for a socially-distanced ice cream social on June 26 from 5 to 6pm. 

Enjoy complimentary ice cream as you pull up to the EnterpriseWorks parking lot at 60 Hazelwood Dr, Champaign. The Kona Ice truck will also be passing out sweet treats. Pick up some never-before-seen Research Park stickers while you’re there.

There is no registration for this event, but for more information, visit our Event Calendar.

July 2020: Scavenger Hunt

Come to Research Park for a socially-distanced scavenger hunt! Email Cathy McArthur ( to get instructions ahead of time for the scavenger hunt. Once you’re finished, come to Ameren Pond for a complimentary picnic pack you can munch on with your group of 4 or 5. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Social distancing is expected.

For more detailed information, visit our Event Calendar.

August 2020: Pet Picnic

Come to Ameren Pond in the Research Park for a socially-distanced picnic! Email Cathy McArthur ( to reserve your spot and to ensure you receive your complimentary bundt cake from the newly-opened Nothing Bundt Cakes shop in Champaign, IL. Friendly pets are welcome to tag along (leashes are advised for safety). Social distancing is expected.

For more detailed information, visit our Event Calendar.

Fire at Five 2019

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May 2019: Once upon a…Fire at Five
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June 2019: Pride in the Park
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July 2019: Cosmic
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August 2019: Wild, Wild West
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September 2019: A Day at the Ballpark
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October 2019: Mad Scientist’s Lab