Inshallah I will pursue Islamic studies next year. Seriously considering south Africa - sadly the pakistani madrassas Darul uloom Karachi/Binoria are not an options, although it is my home country
however the program at Darul Qasim seems very interesting, as do the the teachers. and yes attending Hussain Abdussattar's tafseer and zikr gatherings wold definitely be at the top of the list of reasons to go to Chicago over SA.
what is darul hikmah exactly? ive tried to look them up but there are literally so many islamic organizations/websites called darul hikmah :O