I am having a very difficult time deciding between UChicago and Brown for early decision. (I am interested in majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science or English, by the way). I like UChicago's core, as I want to take classes in nearly every discipline so the requirements aren't a disadvantage for me. Yet I also like the liberty of Brown's open curriculum, where I can really craft my education.
I am trying to avoid superficial schools (which, from my research, neither Brown nor Chicago is) and am looking for a genuinely inquisitive, "intellectual" climate. I am very, very liberal but hate political-correctness (which is what worries me about brown.) Ideally, I'd be at a school with a lot of debates/discussions among students and with professors who actually care about their undergrads.
Also, the binding commitment is not an issue for me -- I would actually prefer to have it.