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Girls' Night Out Could Save Your Life

Get your girlfriends together, let your hair down and enjoy dinner and drinks in The Loop.

Did you know that having close, platonic girlfriends can literally save a woman's life?

A UCLA study on women's friendships found that study participants who had the most friends throughout a nine-year period reduced their risk of death by nearly 60 percent.

The need for community with other women is built into our DNA, according to Shelly E. Taylor in her book The Tending Instinct.

Taylor also points out that while men who marry are more likely to live longer than those who don't, marriage doesn't seem to have the same effect on women.

There's not a notable difference between the lifespans of married women and single women—but women who have strong social ties with their girlfriends will statistically celebrate more birthdays than their loner counterparts.

So what does all of this mean for you?

It's time to dig the makeup bag out, take a shower and shave both legs, curl or straighten your locks (however the mood strikes you), grab your Jimmy Choos and get all your girlfriends together.

Let date night take a backseat and enjoy some quality girl time.

Hanging out with friends brings out a different side to your personality, maybe one you haven't seen in a while. Have dinner, grab a drink or two, maybe see a show.

Enjoy fun and easy conversations, even those as silly as gossiping about how hot Ryan Gosling looked at the Oscars or what happened last week on The Good Wife.

You'll be positively affecting your health and having a great time all at once. What could be better?

GNO Options in the Loop

The in University City is a great place to catch a show, then grab a fondue and drinks at .

If weather permits, have some sangria at on its seasonal patio.

If you want a more toned down evening, check out to and have a coffee and pastries.

And, of course, for a true Loop experience, enjoy a show and a burger at .

cam July 27, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Actually the study says nothing about girls night out (do we really still have to be girls after all these years - how about gals instead? It's a little less patronizing.) I find more connections with women when we're doing things like exercise, gardening, visiting at our homes, sharing advice, watching each other's kids, traveling with our families, taking a class together, etc.
Angela Atkinson July 28, 2011 at 05:28 AM
Hi Cam, thanks for your feedback. We don't state in the story that the UCLA study specifically mentioned girls' night out--just that it discussed the apparent benefits of female friendship for women. As for the term "girls' night out," it's commonly used among some circles and refers to spending an evening out with female friends. It was certainly not meant to be offensive to anyone, and I apologize if it seemed that way. Thanks again for your comment.
Karen Clodfelter July 28, 2011 at 02:10 PM
What does putting on makeup and shaving your legs have to do with it? Why can't a "girls night out" can't be in a grubby tee and jeans? While there may be something to the premise, the overly sexist way it has been presented is irksome.
Angela Atkinson July 28, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Karen, good point. You obviously don't need to shave your legs or put on makeup for GNO. It's a personal choice and, as women ourselves, we certainly did not intend to present the article in a sexist way, on any level. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and I apologize that you felt irked by what we wrote. It was honestly just meant in fun, sort of tongue-in-cheek.

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