We are considering relocating from Chicago to Charlotte later this year. I am originally from Ohio, my husband is from Michigan, and we've lived in the downtown area of Chicago for 8 years and just recently moved to the NW suburbs. We are not convinced, however, that the suburbs of Chicago is where we want to live long-term. My husband's sister and her family relocated from Michigan to Charlotte (near Matthews area) about 1.5 years ago and love it. To them, it's a family haven - clean city, easy to raise kids, lots to do, great weather, cheaper cost of living. It sounds fantastic, but what DOWN sides are there to making a move from the midwest to Charlotte (besides the allergies)? Also, I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on what areas of Charlotte have great schools. We have a 20-month old and will plan on having one more this year. Thanks in advance for any insight!