Being a tourist in your own city can be powerful. Vibrant metropolises offer opportunities to explore rich educational, economic, and cultural resources and engage with diverse ideas and people. But not everyone living in an urban setting is able to take advantage of these assets.

This is the reality for an untold number of inner-city residents, many of whom are young persons of color. In low-income areas of Chicago, where the specters of drugs, violence, and unemployment are a daily reality,...

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