As per the sports, recreational facilities at the schools, and schools, they are top-notch. Be aware that this is a VERY small town compared to Chicago. Most of the schools use basal model, but there are a few that use the comprehensive literacy model. My mom teaches at Apple Glen Elementary and she's giving me all this information. There are two free-choice continuous calender (year-round) schools. They are not zoned and they are not the comprehensive literacy model schools. There are 6 elementary schools right now, with another opening in the fall, with a population of 650-700 students per K-4. There are 3 middle/junior high schools, 6-8 grades. There is a VERY large high school (brand new) and it has separate campuses for each of the 9-12 grades. You should check out the Arkansas Department of Education (Google it) and look for the school report cards. This will tell you the demographics of the area and how each school rates. Housing is booming, they just opened a brand-new mall, there is always something to do here. About the climate - it's moderate. It isn't NEARLY as cold as Chicago, with not nearly as much snow or wind. Summers average at about mid-80s and this winter is very warm! The normal high is about 40-45. Today was at about 50. However, last winter, we had a few days that were below 0 degrees. There are a lot of lakes, trails, biking trails, parks, etc. in the area. The Jones Center is nearby, it's a FREE place to swim, ice skate, play basketball, soccer, lift weights, educational opportunities . . . . it's really nice! They're online, too. The Walton Arts Center is nearby. It's an arts theater. Near the high school, they're building a "world class" art museum. It should be open by the end of the year. OH! The XNA (NorthWest Arkansas Regional) Airport is right outside of Bentonville. Flights go in and out of there to major ports of the U.S. (Chicago included) daily. If you have any more questions, just let me know! Hope this helps!