Interesting about the bed bugs-- I toured and it seemed really nice. Given, they control what I see.
For the location, the commute is what you make of it. At the ASW the school stressed that it works for commuters due to the proximity to the El and Union Station. Current students said the difference is whether you're studying before class in your apartment or on the commute.
For me, I'm used to being able to walk to class/anything I want (although out of laziness I drive), so I can imagine I'd want to live as close as possible to my future law school the first year. If I choose Chicagoland- I'd definitely move out toward Lincoln Park after 1L.
I was at the ASW also. Did you partake in the friday night activities? If so, what was it like?
If you're going to Kent out in West Loop, I'd consider the Wicker Park/Bucktown area. It's just northwest of downtown, right off the Blue Line L, and packed with restaurants, bars and shops. Lincoln Park is overpriced, and Lakeview will still be quite a commute. Also, another thing to consider, northbound Brown and Red L lines are under construction for the next two years, making the commute to Lincoln Park and Lakeview exceedingly long. I live in Lincoln Park right now, and avoid the L headaches by leaving work late after rush over is over. Something to consider.