As someone from Chicago, I can attest to (a) the generally-held idea re: placement in Chicago that all the big 10 schools (except for the lower-ranked MSU and PSU) have a decent reputation in the city, and (b) the fact that a lot of ppl (esp native Chicagoans
) seem to like the twin cities.
I would be curious as to how Hastings places up in Portland and Seattle, and also down in LA or in Arizona...
Minnesota seems to have better regional trumpage, especially in its own town--- I wouldn't worry too much about that though. (e.g. Hastings might have several elite schools and many others nearby, but it's because the market holds em... the bay area is WAY more populous than the Minneapolis area).
Location is key but beyond that (or maybe intertwined with that), I'd try and figure out which school I feel more at home with.
edit: I'd agree that if you are not sure, deposit and look into it further.
ARE THERE SUMMER CLASSES YOU CAN SEE??? It would be really nice to see some classes in session. It made the my decision much easier.