Say what you want, but I still love my blades and have a great routine down on the lakefront trail, usually on Sundays. Blue line to Millennium Park, get into my blades, skate down around Museum Campus, then all the way back up to Navy Pier, hit the beer garden there, sit down and write for a couple hours. It’s glorious.
And now I’ve found good bootless skates like these that let you use your own shoes so you don’t have to carry them in a backpack. So happy.