I have to chime in with my extreme bias towards Dr. Wiet, who literally saved my life in 1988. this was way before the internet, so I really didn't have a clue what i was potentially in for. my father was with the ama at the time and found dr. wiet after some "insider" research. my an was very large (about the size of a small orange, seems mine was so long ago that we talked about food comparisons, not cm or mm!) and complex, but dr. wiet and his team got it all (although waiting for final results from my december 2013 mri). i have facial weakness, tinnitus, ssd and extreme dry eye, but that is about all - according to dr. wiet, i was extremely lucky and was facing an extremely bleak outcome before surgery (he told me this when i woke up from my surgery the day after)
dr. wiet just referred me to an ent/plastic surgeon to see if he could help with my smile. nothing much but botox at this point, BUT, after we went through my history and he did his exam, he said that i have received excellent care since my diagnosis and surgery. all drs. and therapists i have seen since my an have been referrals from dr. wiet. i can't stress how important after care is. it is crucial to be seen by drs. who have experience with ANs and the after effects. it has made a huge difference in the quality of my life. choose a dr. who has a network of trusted referrals in place - eye, balance, physical therapy, etc.
you have a wealth of choices here in chicago, i would talk to them all and go with whom you feel most comfortable. i'm new to this site, but would be happy to talk further with you as well.
good luck and we all will be rooting for you